Advent and Christmas at Beverley Minster
This material is intended to help you make a retreat in your home, in your own time during Advent, a season of preparation. After the Introduction it is set out in a series of units so that you can use the material flexibly to suit your needs and particular pressures. You might want to use it over a series of days or, if you are able, to carve out one Quiet Day.
We continue to provide a Thought for the Day from Monday – Saturday consisting of a bible passage, a link to a hymn or song on YouTube, a reflection and a prayer. This is in addition to the live streamed service of Morning Prayer which is relayed from the Minster Quire at 8.15 Monday – Friday. Access links to our streamed services here >
Special gifts for Christmas are available from our online shop, including the Minster Christmas Card, the NEW Minster Choir Christmas CD – A Babe is Born, Advent calendars and a number of recently published books.
We’ll be running a book club on Zoom during Advent to discuss Archbishop Stephen’s book: ‘Walking Backwards to Christmas’. The discussions will take place on Tuesdays in December starting at 19.30. (Link on the Minster Facebook page). You will need to buy a copy and read the first 3 chapters before the first session. You can either order it online or contact email@example.com
Beverley Minster and St Mary’s are working together to create two Giant Advent Calendars, one at each end of town.
Find out more about the Christmas Story’s links with Sanctuary and see some of our Christmas Windows.
For the young (and young at heart) we will be starting on December 1 to open a window each day on our digital Advent calendar.
Ben, our Youth and Children’s Minister and Revd Tim, our curate, will be there to have a video chat every day.
Robert Poyser, our Director of Music will be recording an improvisation on the Minster organ every day during Advent. If you would like a particular hymn or Advent melody given the improvisatory treatment then let Robert know. Anything could happen to them!
Contact Robert here: firstname.lastname@example.org
We had to cancel our Christmas Tree Festival in the Minster this year. Instead we invited local schools to accept a tree from us to decorate and photograph.
The result is a slideshow of their photographs. Many thanks to the schools and the children who decorated the trees.
St Leonard’s, Molescroft is one of the Minster’s associated churches. Read more about their Advent and Christmas services and admire the decorated porch in the photo on their page. Situated at a busy roundabout, the tableau of the nativity, the star and the Christmas tree will be seen by all who pass by.
Please note the request to reserve a seat for either of the Christmas Day services of Holy Communion led by Revd Canon Jonathan Baker.
Six Carols by Candlelight services led by the Minster Choir. Check ticket availability. Other services being held in the Minster over Christmas include Christmas Eve Holy Communion at 23.30 and on Christmas Day, Holy Communion at 08.00 and 10.30
The congregation capacity at all services is limited to 66 due to 2m social distancing regulations. Most services must be booked in advance.
This year our Christmas Nativity for families and children is an outdoor walking nativity starting at the West End of the Minster (Two Towers), and walking across to Beverley Minster’s own Secret Garden (nearby) to hear all about the story of the first Christmas. You’re advised to wrap up warmly and wear footwear suitable for walking around a garden. Children (and parents too) are warmly encouraged to dress up as your favourite nativity character, whether that be Mary, Joseph, a shepherd, wise man, or even a donkey! Parents must accompany their children at all times.
DECEMBER 21, 22, 23 at 15.00. BOOKING ESSENTIAL Check here for cancellations >.
Last updated: 21.12.20