And the Word became flesh and lived among us
Christmas Eve Carols
Prevented from holding our usual carol services in church, we were, however able to gather in the churchyard for an outdoor service on what was a cold but sunny afternoon. Ann Burgess played the organ and Eliza Talman played the trumpet and it was wonderful to actually sing the well known carols and to hear the story of Christmas.
The last couple of years, there has been a fantastic Christmas lunch cooked, served, eaten and enjoyed in the parish rooms at St. Mary's. At the beginning of November, this was beginning to look doubtful although we clutched at several straws knowing what a long day Christmas Day can be for people on their own or caring for others. By the beginning of December, we knew that we wouldn't be hosting any kind of gathering this year. So undaunted, Marilyn and Diane revisited plans and adapted them! Here they are.. handing out lunch for delivery and collection.. and not just lunch but a goodie bag too. Plans for Christmas 2021 are being hatched already!
Out Door Nativity and Angels
In normal times we would open our doors and welcome lots of people to carol services and concerts in the weeks before Christmas.
This was impossible in 2020 and so it gave us the opportunity to think outside the 'box' that is our building and to tell the wonderful story of Christmas in new ways. Ann Burgess painted these scenes of the Nativity and with help from an army of paper folders created these beautiful origami angels.
Christmas for the young at heart
This Christmas it has been wonderful to share the story of Jesus' birth with those who are young in years and those who are young at heart.
Open the Book is a new venture for us and we have been warmly welcomed and received by the staff and pupils at Christ Church First School.
Mossy Church is a celebration in the outdoors... never has fresh air felt so good!