The parish church of central Finchley
26 Hendon Lane, Finchley, London N3 1TR

Join us in church on Sundays at 9am & 11am, or online at 7pm

How can we share Christmas together in 2020?

One way is through shared moments: sharing Advent and Christmas traditions together in our homes, and at the same time.

Below is a list of suggestions–some old traditions & new ideas–for small ways of marking Advent & Christmas together outside church.

For some moments, there is also the option of joining together on Zoom as we do so.
(Zoom sessions will be only 5-10 minutes, meeting on the usual church account; please email for password)

If you would like to join an email list to receive reminders, contact


Sunday 22nd November: Stir-up Sunday

Baking cakes.

The last Sunday before Advent was traditionally the day for starting work on–stirring up–your Christmas cake. The name ‘Stir-up Sunday’ though probably refers more to the collect prayer for the day: “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Baking a cake makes us think about preparations for Christmas–and the end of a tiring year. (It is also a nice final treat before the traditional fast of Advent.)

Sunday 29th November: Advent Sunday

Candle-lighting (4.30pm on Zoom)

Each Sunday in Advent we light one of the four Advent candles in church; the first candle traditionally represents the patriarchs. Some people also light a numbered Advent candle at home. But you don’t need anything more than an ordinary candle to join us in kindling a light as the sun goes down (4.30pm): a symbol of Christ, our light who “shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1.5).

advent candles