Christmas Tree Festival - 8th December
The Church was full for
the opening on the 8th December. The congregation swelled by the
combined choirs of Grange and Lindale schools and the Bay Community Singers.
MP Tim Farron gave the opening address and involved the children in the
school choirs by asking them about their favourite Christmas film. He told
us that his favourite was ‘Home Alone’ but he stressed that only one story
was important at Christmas, the birth of Jesus. During the first carol the
30 Christmas Trees assembled by various organisations in the community were
lit, along with candles in the candelabra down the sides of the aisles,
while the main lights were turned off. The combined school choir closed the
first half with three songs ranging from ’Jingle Bells’ to ‘I’m Still
Standing’. In the interval everyone enjoyed drinks and nibbles - the
catering team did their usual wonderful job. The Bay Community Singers
entertained us during the second half with a variety of songs ranging from
traditional to a Beatles medley. As an encore they performed their own
setting of ‘Jingle Bells’.
Andrew closed the
evening thanking everyone who had been involved in the organization - the
groups who had decorated trees, the choirs and the catering team. Donations
collected during the evening will be divided between the church, the Food
Bank and St Mary’s Hospice. We thank everyone for their generosity. It
was a joyous occasion.
We now look forward to
welcoming visitors to our Festival - open 10 am to 4 pm until the 1st
January, excluding Christmas and Boxing Days.