Christmas

If people were asked what Christmas was about, and they answered honestly, what they might say?  In all probability, you wouldn’t be anywhere near alone if your answer included love, presents, family, hope, or peace – worthy sentiments all.  And if those were your answers, you would be absolutely right, 100% brilliantly, spectacularly right – go to the top of the class, and get a gold star sort of right.

Christmas is about love – totally, completely and utterly, above everything else, and it’s about love because what we’re remembering underneath the tinsel, trees, and turkey is an historical event that is a mind-blowing, extraordinary demonstration of  God’s love for each and every one of us, of you and me, however deserving or undeserving of that love we might be.  What we’re remembering beneath it all is that God loves the world, and that at the first Christmas that love appeared in the physical form in the midst of it.

And that’s why Christmas is absolutely about presents, because when it came to expressing that love, God did it by giving – for God so loved the world that he gave!  And what did he give?  He gave his only son to be born amongst us, to live and grow amongst us, to demonstrate for us how to live, and, ultimately to die for us.  So if at the first Christmas God gave his son, perhaps it’s no wonder that it’s also all about family.

But what about the rest of the list – hope, joy, and peace?  Just ponder for a moment why he gave him: so that all who believe in him may not perish, but have eternal life.  Can you think of a greater hope than that?  I certainly can’t.  And in the grasping of that hope is to be found more joy and peace that we can ever begin to imagine, which, of course, is why when the angel pitched up with the Shepherds, he told them ‘I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people’, and went on to sing about peace on earth.

So what’s Christmas about?  Love, presents, family, hope, joy, peace?  You bet!  For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that all that believe in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.  My prayer is that this Christmas that incredible truth is for each one of us something inescapable, and that it grabs us with a freshness and vitality that leaves us eternally transformed, from glory to glory.

We'd love you to come and join us as we celebrate this year, but whether or not you manage do, please do remember – God loves you so, so much.  Merry Christmas!

Christmas Events

21
NOV

Ripley Christmas Fair

Date: 
Thursday, 21 November 2019 (all day) - Sunday, 24 November 2019 (all day)
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom
Free (refreshments as priced)

03
DEC

Advent Suppers

Date: 
Tuesday, 3 December 2019 19:00
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom
Free

04
DEC

Christmas Fair

Date: 
Wednesday, 4 December 2019 10:00 - 12:00
Burnt Yates Church, HG3 Burnt Yates, United Kingdom
£2.50 entry

10
DEC

Advent Suppers

Date: 
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:00
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom
Free

13
DEC

The 'Old Farmyard' Nativity

Date: 
Friday, 13 December 2019 18:30
The Old Farmyard, Orchard Lane, Ripley, HG3 3AT

13
DEC

‘Sing Noel’ Music for Christmas with chamber choir Voces Seraphorum

Date: 
Friday, 13 December 2019 19:30 - 20:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom
£10

15
DEC

Christmas Carol Service

Date: 
Sunday, 15 December 2019 10:45 - 11:45
Bishop Thornton Church, HG3 Bishop Thornton, United Kingdom

17
DEC

Advent Suppers

Date: 
Tuesday, 17 December 2019 19:00
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom
Free

20
DEC

Carols around Burnt Yates Christmas Tree

Date: 
Friday, 20 December 2019 19:00
Burnt Yates Church, HG3 Burnt Yates, United Kingdom

22
DEC

Nine Lessons and Carols

Date: 
Sunday, 22 December 2019 18:30 - 19:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Tuesday, 24 December 2019 15:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Tuesday, 24 December 2019 17:00 - 18:00
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

24
DEC

'Bethlehem Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Tuesday, 24 December 2019 21:30
Burnt Yates Church, HG3 Burnt Yates, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Tuesday, 24 December 2019 23:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Wednesday, 25 December 2019 09:15
South Stainley Church, HG3 South Stainley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Wednesday, 25 December 2019 09:30
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Wednesday, 25 December 2019 10:45

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Wednesday, 25 December 2019 10:45
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Thursday, 24 December 2020 15:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Thursday, 24 December 2020 17:00 - 18:00
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

24
DEC

'Bethlehem Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Thursday, 24 December 2020 21:30
Burnt Yates Church, HG3 Burnt Yates, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Thursday, 24 December 2020 23:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Friday, 25 December 2020 09:15
South Stainley Church, HG3 South Stainley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Friday, 25 December 2020 09:30
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Friday, 25 December 2020 10:45

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Friday, 25 December 2020 10:45
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Friday, 24 December 2021 15:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Friday, 24 December 2021 17:00 - 18:00
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

24
DEC

'Bethlehem Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Friday, 24 December 2021 21:30
Burnt Yates Church, HG3 Burnt Yates, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Friday, 24 December 2021 23:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Saturday, 25 December 2021 09:15
South Stainley Church, HG3 South Stainley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Saturday, 25 December 2021 09:30
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Saturday, 25 December 2021 10:45

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Saturday, 25 December 2021 10:45
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Saturday, 24 December 2022 15:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Saturday, 24 December 2022 17:00 - 18:00
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

24
DEC

'Bethlehem Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Saturday, 24 December 2022 21:30
Burnt Yates Church, HG3 Burnt Yates, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Saturday, 24 December 2022 23:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Sunday, 25 December 2022 09:15
South Stainley Church, HG3 South Stainley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Sunday, 25 December 2022 09:30
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Sunday, 25 December 2022 10:45

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Sunday, 25 December 2022 10:45
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Sunday, 24 December 2023 15:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Sunday, 24 December 2023 17:00 - 18:00
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

24
DEC

'Bethlehem Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Sunday, 24 December 2023 21:30
Burnt Yates Church, HG3 Burnt Yates, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Sunday, 24 December 2023 23:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Monday, 25 December 2023 09:15
South Stainley Church, HG3 South Stainley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Monday, 25 December 2023 09:30
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Monday, 25 December 2023 10:45

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Monday, 25 December 2023 10:45
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Tuesday, 24 December 2024 15:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Tuesday, 24 December 2024 17:00 - 18:00
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

24
DEC

'Bethlehem Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Tuesday, 24 December 2024 21:30
Burnt Yates Church, HG3 Burnt Yates, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Tuesday, 24 December 2024 23:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Wednesday, 25 December 2024 09:15
South Stainley Church, HG3 South Stainley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Wednesday, 25 December 2024 09:30
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Wednesday, 25 December 2024 10:45

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Wednesday, 25 December 2024 10:45
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Wednesday, 24 December 2025 15:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Wednesday, 24 December 2025 17:00 - 18:00
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

24
DEC

'Bethlehem Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Wednesday, 24 December 2025 21:30
Burnt Yates Church, HG3 Burnt Yates, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Wednesday, 24 December 2025 23:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Thursday, 25 December 2025 09:15
South Stainley Church, HG3 South Stainley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Thursday, 25 December 2025 09:30
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Thursday, 25 December 2025 10:45

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Thursday, 25 December 2025 10:45
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Thursday, 24 December 2026 15:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Thursday, 24 December 2026 17:00 - 18:00
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

24
DEC

'Bethlehem Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Thursday, 24 December 2026 21:30
Burnt Yates Church, HG3 Burnt Yates, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Thursday, 24 December 2026 23:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Friday, 25 December 2026 09:15
South Stainley Church, HG3 South Stainley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Friday, 25 December 2026 09:30
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Friday, 25 December 2026 10:45

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Friday, 25 December 2026 10:45
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Friday, 24 December 2027 15:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Friday, 24 December 2027 17:00 - 18:00
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

24
DEC

'Bethlehem Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Friday, 24 December 2027 21:30
Burnt Yates Church, HG3 Burnt Yates, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Friday, 24 December 2027 23:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Saturday, 25 December 2027 09:15
South Stainley Church, HG3 South Stainley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Saturday, 25 December 2027 09:30
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Saturday, 25 December 2027 10:45

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Saturday, 25 December 2027 10:45
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Sunday, 24 December 2028 15:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Crib Service

Date: 
Sunday, 24 December 2028 17:00 - 18:00
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

24
DEC

'Bethlehem Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Sunday, 24 December 2028 21:30
Burnt Yates Church, HG3 Burnt Yates, United Kingdom

24
DEC

Midnight' Mass

Date: 
Sunday, 24 December 2028 23:30
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Monday, 25 December 2028 09:15
South Stainley Church, HG3 South Stainley, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Monday, 25 December 2028 09:30
Markington Church, HG3 Markington, United Kingdom

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Monday, 25 December 2028 10:45

25
DEC

Holy Communion

Date: 
Monday, 25 December 2028 10:45
Ripley Church, HG3 Ripley, United Kingdom
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