For several years now, the main service at St Faith's on Advent
at the start of the church's countdown to Christmas,
extra contributions from our children, as well as the offering
of toys by those present, to be distributed,
Choices, to needy children in our area.
This year's colourful and
well-attended service saw members of our uniformed organisations in
starring roles as they read lessons and prayers, and
invited those present to bring up
seasonal symbols of faith and prayer to adorn a tree, and then the toys
they had brought to be placed before the Nav Altar
Our pictures show various stages in
the service, beginning with the lighting of the first candle on the
traditional Advent Wreath
and ending with the bringing up of the
bread and wine at the beginning of the Eucharistic prayer.
The final image suggests that perhaps
not everyone was entirely engrossed by the proceedings.
Incidentally, the teddy's name has
been checked for blasphemous potential and declared to be inoffensive
Pictures: Chris Price