Advent and Christmas with Pathfinder Church and the Northstowe Church Network

Click here to let us know you are coming to Longest Night Campfire compline, Scratch Navity, Midnight Campfire communion, or Christmas Day's Breakfast Celebration! There is always space for a few extras, but an idea of numbers really helps us order in enough resources, food, and drinks.
No need to book for Beer and Carols - just turn up and sing!

You are welcome and invited to join us as we share in community partnerships and special events with those of all religious and non religious beliefs in the #NorthstoweWinterFestival, as well as at our celebrations and worship gatherings where we explore the Christmas Story and prepare to welcome Jesus, the Light of The World

More details about special events

Advent Windows

"Festive Hero's and Villains" Advent Windows 

Northstowe's larger than life Advent Calendar! Each day in the run up to Christmas, one house will unveil their window,

Where: Windows all over Northstowe, starting with The Pathfinder CofE Primary School

When: 1st-25th December

Northstowe's Beer and Carols

Back by popular demand, we'll gather round Northstowe's Christmas Tree by the light of (electronic) tea lights to sing Northstowe's Favourite Carols interspersed with poems and reading from various community figures. Foodies’ Food Trucks will be on the Green 5-8pm, including a bar selling alcoholic drinks for those who wish to indulge or free Hot chocolate will be available from Northstowe Hub (6.30-7.40pm)

We warmly invite you to bring along hot chocolates, teas, or coffee to keep those fingers warm as we sing!   

Get the carol words, and see the full lineup here:

Where: Around the Tree on The Green, Pathfinder Way

When: Friday 15th Dec  7-7:45pm

Little Explorers' Christmas Party

Little Explorers, big siblings, and ‘graduates’ are all invited to our Christmas Party,  To help us retell the Christmas story, we’d love you to wear a simple nativity costume - perhaps come in blue, or pop a tea towel or a paper crown on your head. Or just wear something festive!
As normal at Little Explorers, we'll be starting with a drop in breakfast, before using our Circle Time to sing and tell the Christmas Story. Our freeflow activities include decorating paper bag lanterns to help Light Up Longest Night, star making, Nativity Scene biscuit decorating, and Father Christmas themed messy play. We'll also play parachute games with snowballs, and enjoy plenty of singing... and our signature Jammie Dodger biscuits!

Where: this is in The Cabin, the temporary Community Centre on The Green, rather than our normal venue in the primary school.

When: Thursday 21st December. 9.15-10.45am

RSVP: If you can let us know if you are planning to come (and what ages the children are), it will help ensure we get enough breakfast ready!

Light Up Longest Night 

On Longest Night we are joining Northstowe Arts and  households all over Northstowe as we display our lanterns and light up windows  

Where: YOUR houses throughout Northstowe

When: Thursday 21st Dec: From Dusk

Enter the Northstowe Arts competition!

Are you Lighting Up Longest Night in Northstowe this year? Enter the Northstowe Arts competition for most creative display now!

If you live in Northstowe and would like our judges to walk past your home after dusk on Thursday 21st December, judging your display of lanterns, candles, festive lights and more, let them know - you could win some fantastic prizes!

If you live outside Northstowe, please take a photo of your display and pop it on Facebook or Instagram with #LightUpLongestNight, DM us, or email to by 12 noon on 22nd December.

Campfire Compline on Longest Night

On Longest Night, we recognise that this season can be hard, for many reasons. We take some time to acknowledging that things can still feel dark even in this season of light. 

Where: Outside Church House, 6 Woodpecker Close, Northstowe CB24 1AW

When: Thursday 21st Dec: 8-8:30pm

Keep watch, dear Lord,
with those who wake, or watch, or weep this night,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend the sick, give rest to the weary,
sustain the dying, calm the suffering,
and pity the distressed;
all for your love’s sake,
O Christ our Redeemer.

Scratch Nativity

Come dressed as a nativity character and join in with our retelling of the birth of Jesus - the Light of the World

Where: The Pathfinder CofE Primary School Hall

When: Christmas Eve: 24th Dec, 3.30-4.30pm (refreshments will be served beforehand, at 3.20pm)

Midnight Campfire Communion

One of Northstowe's most wonderful Christmas traditions. Once the potatoes are peeled and the presents wrapped, we gather (weather permitting) around a cracking campfire to await the moment when Christmas Eve tips into Christmas Day. And there to celebrate, with bread and wine, and words hallowed by tradition, the miracle of Christmas - God made flesh: love present among us! 

Where: A campfire outside The Pathfinder CofE Primary School (inside if wet)

When: Christmas Eve 11.40pm (Dec 24th) -12:20am (Dec 25th)


Christmas Morning Celebration

Join us for breakfast and celebration with pastries, carols, and storytelling

Where: The Pathfinder CofE Primary School Hall

When: 25th Dec,9.30am-10.30am

RSVP: If you can let us know if you are planning to come, it will help ensure we get enough breakfast ready! But there is always space for a few more!  Please use the form below


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