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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.