Our Carols around the Tree service held at 4pm on Christmas Eve had our church building bulging at its ancient sides!
With every available chair taken (some with two on – parent plus child), choir stalls used, and folk standing, over 300 people of all ages were there to enjoy and take part in this ever popular service, and once again our musicians did us proud !
As the Nativity story unfolded – narrated by Bob, and enacted by our ‘Angel’ puppets, the various characters, enacted by many of the children present, came from the back of the church appropriately dressed to produce a Nativity tableau, including a live baby albeit, baby girl Abigail, carefully loaned by her parents sitting close by!
The story was interspersed with carols and prayers so that everyone present could fully take part, until finally the whole Nativity scene was complete on the staging to join together in the final carol.
As everyone left the church, going out into the darkness there was the feeling that God had been with us in this celebration of Jesus’ birth and Christmas was really now beginning.