Although Advent Sunday happened the week before, Sunday December 7th
saw an action-packed, well-attended and colourful act of all-age
worship at St Faith's in the morning, followed by the annual United
Benefice Sunday Schools' Christmas party in St Mary's chuch hall in the
afternoon. It was partuicularly good to see so many young people in
The night before,
members of the St Faith's uniformed organisations had enjoyed a
sleep-over in the Church Hall, as well as preparing to take part in the
special act of worship, where they provided some of the words and
music. We were also joined by Kay Lyons of the Children's Society, who
spoke tellingly of the work of that excellent organisation and paid
tribute to the sustained help and support given by our congregation
over many years. The sun shone on the righteous throughout the service.
was also the occasion where members of the congregation are invited to
bring a toy to be placed in front of the altar during the service.
Soon, the Sefton Choices organisation will be distributing our gifts,
together with those of other local churches taking part, to needy
families throughout the area.
the second candle in the Advent Wreath was lit: a reminder of how soon
we shall be celebrating the great season of the Nativity of Christ.
the road at St Mary's a few hours later, it was time for the
traditional fun and games. Junior Church helpers from both churches
presided over games, dances, food and much merriment.
Christmas, of course, made time in his busy schedule to drop in and
give presents to the children. As always, he seemed to know every child
and to have a gift for each and every one. There was a special gift for
one birthday lady helper!
the afternoon drew to a close, some were more than happy to watch
from the sidelines, but the Vicar entered the dancing circle to strut
his stuff and go
through the Actions. Quite definitely, a Good Time was Had by All....