Christmas Services – 2021

Service pattern for Christmas for all our churches in
The Langtons and Shangton

We are delighted to invite you and your families to attend in person, following current Covid-19 guidelines for England. Please bring masks and sign in upon arrival.

Church LangtonST. PETER’S CHURCH LANGTON
12th December – Communion Revd Martin Hathaway 10.30am
19th December – Carols, Readings and Communion
Revd Martin Hathaway 10.30am
Tur LangtonST. ANDREW’S TUR LANGTON
12th December – Carols/Nativity Maxine Johnson 6.00pm
24th December – Midnight Mass Revd Martin Hathaway 11.00pm
Thorpe LangtonST. LEONARD’S THORPE LANGTON
19th December – Carol Service Canon Philip Norwood 6.00pm
25th December – Family Communion Revd Martin Hathaway 10.30am
ShangtonST. NICHOLAS SHANGTON
19th December – Carol Service Tim Tregunno, Chaplain to Oakham School 6.00pm
Christmas worship in the Langtons and Shangton Benefice

St Peter’s woolly nativity

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Christmas Greetings 2021

Reading my comments from last year’s Christmas message, I was hoping that things were starting to improve – now I am not so sure! 2020 will certainly go down as Annus Horribilis not only for our group of villages, but the country and the world as a whole. We certainly do not want too many of them in a one hundred year period! We all go through a bad patch from time to time for whatever reason, but for all of us to be thrown into a maelstrom not of our making, is a rare thing indeed.

2021 began as a year of great hope for a return to normal life, which it has, but with one hand tied behind our backs! We try to get our lives back on track, only to find we end up in countless dead ends of red tape and officialdom – and all for our own good! Will this be the new norm? We pray not.

If we feel our lives have not returned to anything like normal, we can look to someone who is a constant source of continuity and comfort. For all his run-ins with officials, Jesus understood that life is not easy, but is made a whole lot easier by being at peace, knowing that you have a Father who loves and cares for you. The saying, ‘a problem shared, is a problem halved’, is never truer than when praying for guidance and support throughout difficult times. We have certainly needed to find peace in this chaos, I know I have.

In Church Langton in 2020 and also 2021, we have been blessed by the arrivals of new babies to several of our young families. Speaking as a child of the village myself, it’s been wonderful to see these precious new lives begin, as mine did, in this most beautiful and peaceful part of the world, and to welcome them into our family community.

At this Christmas time, when we are reminded that humanity was saved by a baby and the peace, joy and love shone around; I pray that you let that love rub off on you, so you see life maybe, in a way you once did, or as a revelation.

Maxine Johnson,
Lay Reader


Service pattern for Christmas for our churches
The Langtons and Shangton

We are delighted to invite you and your families to attend in person – following current Covid-19 guidelines for England.

Church LangtonST. PETER’S CHURCH LANGTON
12th December – Communion Revd Martin Hathaway 10.30am
19th December – Carols, Readings and Communion
Revd Martin Hathaway 10.30am
Tur LangtonST. ANDREW’S TUR LANGTON
12th December – Carols/Nativity Maxine Johnson 6.00pm
24th December – Midnight Mass Revd Martin Hathaway 11.00pm
Thorpe LangtonST. LEONARD’S THORPE LANGTON
19th December – Carol Service Canon Philip Norwood 6.00pm
25th December – Family Communion Revd Martin Hathaway 10.30am
ShangtonST. NICHOLAS SHANGTON
19th December – Carol Service Tim Tregunno, Chaplain to Oakham School 6.00pm
Christmas worship in the Langtons and Shangton Benefice

St Peter’s woolly nativity


A special date for your diaries in 2022:
We are delighted to invite you to enjoy and sing!
Handel’s ‘Messiah’
Performed by Knighton Chamber Orchestra and Community Choir on
Saturday 14th May 2022 at 7.30 pm.
In aid of St. Peter’s church building fund
Tickets: £5 to sing; £15 to listen
Book tickets: or register your interest by email to r.folwell@btinternet.com


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Covid-19: Update and latest advice

Church of England guidance – December 2021

LATEST UPDATES: The information below was amended on 3 December 2021

The news about a new variant has reminded us that the pandemic is far from over.

The Church of England has released updated guidence for opening and managing church buildings here You can also read a statement from the Bishop of London here

Covid-19 Update from Leicester Diocese

Bishop Martyn suggests that we return to encouraging everyone to wear masks in church and that we keep buildings well ventilated (suggesting also that services may need to be kept short in these cold, winter months). The situation may change rapidly in the coming weeks so please check the national and diocesan websites regularly for updates.

Latest advice in detail can be read here:

Leicester Diocese: https://www.leicester.anglican.org/news/coronavirus/coronavirus.php

Church of England: https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches#na

For local service information – See our Noticeboard or email clergy@churchlangton.org.uk

Regular worship and Holy Communion services

The churces in the Langtons and Shangton Benefice are open for worship, following latest guidelines – please wear masks and sign in upon entering, and follow the instructions given by the leader of the service and churchwardens attending. Thank you.

Baptisms, weddings and funerals

St Peter’s continues to offer special services, following the latest Government Guidelines. Please contact us on the emails given below with your enquiries about special services.


Send Us a Message

General enquiries Email: info@churchlangton.org.uk
Special services: baptisms, weddings and funerals: clergy@churchlangton.org.uk

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Stonton Road, Church Langton, Leicestershire, LE16 7TA


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