Christ the King or "Stir Up Sunday" (Year B)

Many thanks to the Reverend Philip Francis for the idea behind this service. Children and adults alike will love you to bring back your "Stir-up Cake" to share at a Christmas service such as the Crib Service.


  1. The leader explains that today is the last Sunday of the church year, when we celebrate the Festival of Christ the King.
  2. There is a dramatic reading of Jesus' conversation with Pilate (John 18.33-7). A teaching commentary is included in the reading.
  3. The leader explains that traditionally this Sunday was known as "Stir-up Sunday", after the opening words of the day's prayer: Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people. For this reason today was the traditional day on which everyone in the family would help to stir the Christmas puddings and cakes.
  4. Children bring forward the ingredients for a Christmas cake. All have a chance to stir it.
  5. The collect and post-communion prayers for the day are read.




Prayers for the Sunday Next Before Advent, or Christ the King

Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people;
that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,
may by you be plenteously rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Eternal Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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