Christmas Services 2021 

Sunday 19th December at 1500

Festival of 9 Lessons & Carols 

Friday 24th December at 1700

Family Crib Service  

Friday 24th December at 2300

Midnight Mass 

Saturday 25th December at 1000

Sung Parish Eucharist of Christmas Day

Sunday 26th December at 1000

Eucharist of St Stephen (said)




Confirmation Service 

Congratulations to our own Libby Coleman and to Ayisha Bari from Brighton, St Bartholomew, who were confirmed last Sunday by the Bishop of Lewes, Will Hazlewood. It was a joyful service! 

Preparing for Christmas – The Gospel of John Study Course

Continuing on Saturday mornings at 1100 on 4th, 11th 18th December. 


Church Cleaning Day

Thank you to the four volunteers who came on Friday to help us clean the church ready for Advent and Christmas. A few more helpers next time would be very welcome. Dawn and Heather


Knit & Natter 

The group meets on Wednesdays at 1900 in church. New members always welcome. We knit and we natter. Just come along! Sue Leaney – 07803 179 617


Music at St Margaret’s 

Advent Concerts in Church


Friday 10th December at 1930

Ovingdean Choral Society Christmas Concert

Finzi – ‘In terra pax’; Holst – ‘Christmas Day’; 

Vaughan-Williams – ‘Fantasia on Christmas Carols’.

Tickets £12 available from Dawn Davidson, Ann-Marie Newman

or on the door.


Sunday 12th December at 1430

 ‘Shepherds Arise’

Nearly thirty enthusiastic local singers, musicians and mummers present a selection of beautiful old West Gallery carols from Sussex villages accompanied by flute, fiddle, bassoon, clarinet and concertinas. Between the carols are readings about Christmas in Sussex in the past, and the musicians play lively dance tunes from old Sussex manuscripts. As always, there will be some old favourites & some new additions. This is a lovely celebration of Christmas from earlier centuries, still full of the joy and delight it gave then.

Free entry. Retiring collection towards St Margaret’s Church.


Saturday 18th December at 1500

Massimo Redaelli (violin)

Violinist Massimo Redaelli will perform a solo programme including the first of Bach’s solo Violin Sonatas (BWV 1001) and the Second Partita (BWV 1004). Massimo performs on a violin by Thomas Urquhart, instrument maker to the English Court, from around 1680, in its original set-up. This violin is close in construction to contemporary northern European models and thus particularly suited to Bach. Tickets £7.50, raising funds for St Margaret’s Church.


Tuesday 21st December at 1930 (live and live-stream)

The Brightones

The acappella trio with local musicians Ellie Edmonds, Emma Stannard and Georgia Bishop will perform a selection of jazz standards, traditional folk songs and Christmas songs. The concert will also be available to live stream. Tickets £5.

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