The Tale of the
Sunday, December 6th, 2009: the morning service
At the 11.00 am all-age service Father
Christmas paid a call and entertained the children with the real
meaning of Christmas.
Many toys were brought up to the altar for passing on to Sefton Choices
for the benefit of needy children of the borough this Christmas.
As usual at Parade services, children played a big part in the service,
and everyone enjoyed dodging the 39 decorated trees
that awaited the opening session of the Christmas Tree Festival that
was due to start in a couple of hours...
The Festival in action on Sunday and Monday
Margaret and her
team worked through from the end of the service to the end of the day,
finding plenty of last-minute things to do.
As we had hoped, people turned up in goodly numbers, at least for the
first two sessions, and wondered at the trees, put money in the
bought food, drink and the assorted goodies in display and rested their
feet in the warm sanctuary of the back of church.
The many kind and appreciative comments in the Tree Festival vistors'
book bore witness to the success of this pioneering enterprise.
Scenes from the rest of the week
course of the week, several schools brought in groups of children to
enjoy the spectacle,
which was universally admired by sunlight and when it got darker.
People met and chatted, and much food was sold.
On Thursday Chesterfield High School rehearsed for their Christmas
Concert that evening
Back to the first page of the Tale of the Trees
On to the Tailpiece... the final festival
Then read reflections after the event
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