The Christmas Day Service was held at the later time of 11am to give people time to recover from the celebrations of the previous night or just have that extra moment in bed. Perhaps some enjoyed that so much they missed the service – but a small and enthusiastic band of worshippers attended and there was a lovely friendly atmosphere. Indeed we thought that the Holy Ghost had joined us at one stage (but sadly it was a strong wind howling through the door making a sound not unlike bagpipes with a touch of excess wind!!).
We had a procession to bring the Christ Child to the manger and a Cross was placed beside the stable to remind us of the journey from Crib to Cross. Fiona played the organ and coped admirably with the variations in the service.
A talk for ‘young people’ was given but in the absence of willing volunteers, Amy came forward and ‘became a child’ and showed a ‘gift’ to everyone – a mirror so that people could look into it and see what gift Jesus would like for Christmas – simply the gift of ourselves to Him! The Sermon reminded us that ‘nothing is impossible with God’ and that all we need to do is follow Mary’s example and when God calls us to reply ‘Here I am Lord’. The full sermon is in the section of this website marked ‘from the Priest/Reader’.
We thank all those who attended the service and made it special – their regular attendance and involvement encourages those of us who lead services.
Here is a photographs of the Stable with crib and cross, also showing the Advent Candles and the Christmas Tree.