'Suffer the Little Children'

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 church.

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.

This 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.

Finally, 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.

Down 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.

Father 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!

As 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....


Words and pictures: Chris Price

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