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Carol singing, Christingles, crib services and nativities are being held across Kent churches of all traditions this Christmas week


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There won’t be many silent nights this week thanks to all the carol services across the county!

Lots of family fun with carols, games for the kids, the Christmas story told in chocolate and loads more is promised at the carol service of ASHFORD Vineyard church on Sunday, December 21, at both 4.30pm and then again at 7.30pm. The church meets at Repton Manor Primary School. Visit www.ashfordvineyard.org

‘Christmas starts with Christ’ is the message at St Mary Bredin Church in CANTERBURY at its family carol service on Sunday, December 21, at 10.30am, followed by a more traditional carol service at 7pm. The Nunnery Fields church holds a Christmas Eve Holy Communion from 11.30pm and welcomes all again on Christmas Day for an 8am communion or a 10.30am celebration service. Visit www.smb.org.uk

A recent Christingle service at St Mildred's Church, Tenterden
A recent Christingle service at St Mildred's Church, Tenterden

Celebrate the season at Walderslade Baptist Church, CHATHAM, with a range of special services from which to choose. A carol service planned with children and young people in mind will be held on Sunday, December 21, at 10.30am and a crib service will be held at 4pm on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, all are welcome to a service at 10.30am at the church in Catkin Close. Visit www.walderslade baptist.org.uk

Everyone is invited to make Christingles together and sing carols by candlelight at Christ Church in DARTFORD on Sunday, December 21. The service at the church in Cross Road begins at 4pm. Visit christchurchdartford.wordpress.com

Worshippers are welcome to Christmas Day Mass at St Monica’s Roman Catholic Church in Chapel Road, DYMCHURCH, at 8.30am. Visit www.catholic-hythe.org

Christmas Eve is the time to meet up for carols and a family service at FOLKESTONE Life Church in Bowles Well Gardens at 6.30pm. Visit www.lifechurchuk.org

Nothing says Christmas like the Salvation Army band
Nothing says Christmas like the Salvation Army band

There’s nothing like the brass band of the Salvation Army to bring back memories of Christmas past. The Salvation Army in Union Crescent, MARGATE, invites everyone to its carol service on Sunday, December 21, at 3pm. Details on 01843 298260.

Mince pies and mulled wine will do the rounds at MAIDSTONE Family Church’s carol service on Sunday, December 21, at 5pm. The carols by candlelight include a children’s Nativity at the Boxley Road church. On Christmas Day a birthday party takes place at 10.30am, with children invited to bring a new toy. Visit www.maidstonefamilychurch.co.uk.

Looking ahead to 2015, MAIDSTONE Choral Union is holding an evening of carols and the spoken word at the United Reformed Church in Week Street on Tuesday, January 6, at 7.30pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served. Entry is free and there will be a retiring collection. Call 01622 679939.

Carols by candle light will take place at churches across Kent this Christmas week
Carols by candle light will take place at churches across Kent this Christmas week

Strode Crescent Baptist Church SHEERNESS has a carol service on Sunday, December 21, at 5.30pm and again on Christmas Day at 10am.

There’s a free hog roast at the community carol service of Tankerton Evangelical Church (TEC) in WHITSTABLE. Not only that, but mince pies, mulled wine and a warm welcome will be dished out to one and all in the glow of the candlelit carol music. Carols start outside the church in Northwood Road at 5.45pm on Sunday, December 21, followed by the hog roast at 6pm and an orchestra at 7pm. Visit www.tec whitstable.org.uk

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