Church News | Monday, 25 December 2017 |
St Mary’s Church gave us all a huge Christmas-stocking full of services on Christmas Eve. There was of course, the usual 8am Holy Communion service followed by the 10.30am Parish Eucharist. Then around 2pm the church was open again to set up for the two back-to-back Crib Services that were scheduled to begin, one at 3pm and the second service at 4pm. Both Crib services were conducted exactly the same so no one had to miss out on anything. Unfortunately, or should I say fortunately, so many people annually attend the Crib services that for the safety of all, Revd Carolyn has to hold two services instead of one. However, both services were bursting at the seams to hear all about the birth of our Lord Jesus and to see all the angels, shepherds and kings that gathered around the young mother Mary and her new baby. We heard how Mary and Joseph had to travel to Jerusalem to be registered and we heard some very grumpy and miserable innkeepers tell Mary and Joseph to ‘Go away’ as there was no room in the inns. But eventually the new baby was born in the manger and we all sang a very joyous ‘Happy Birthday to Jesus’.
The puppet crew performed two happy songs, ‘Go tell it on the mountain’ and towards the end of the service we had ‘Joy to the world’. Brilliant!
At both services there was a retiring collection to be held for a charity called ‘Isabella’s wish to walk’. Isabella is a sweet little girl who was baptised here in St Mary’s last year along with her twin sister. Isabella has been diagnosed with a rare condition that needs very specialised surgery and physiotherapy to help her to walk and Isabella’s parents and grandparents were in church at both services to introduce their little girl and to explain her needs. Revd Carolyn said that at both services the congregation were extremely generous and the amount collected for little Isabella should be announced soon. Carolyn says thank you to everyone who gave so generously to such a worthy cause… Thank you.