It is a tradition at St Johns Hill URC that the window
ledges in the Church are decorated with seasonal displays at Christmas.
We invited members of a variety of groups linked with our
Church to decorate one of the window ledges on a theme of a well-known Carol.
Each of the specified carols was then included in the Carol
Service held on Sunday 16th December.
Each display needed to fit onto a base measuring
approximately 85cm by 30cm. There are no facilities for fixing items to the
wall or windows, so every display had to be freestanding and stable!
Everyone at Afternoon Fellowship and Light Lunches nominated
Rosemary to create a floral display to depict The Holly and the Ivy, and this greeted all those entering the Sanctuary via the
stairs from the halls.
Children at The Lodge
Nursery helped to create a Nativity scene illustrating one of their favourite
carols – Away in a manger.
Members of the SALT group selected suitable backgrounds,
and Maureen added a musical metal masterpiece and angels for Hark, the herald
angels sing. There were even kits provided for people to
take so that they could make their own angels!
Rainbows made bright bells, Brownies made beautiful
angels and the Guides created an impressive display stand for their depiction
dong, merrily on high!
During a Family Men morning we
had an industrious craft area where children and their Dads made sheep out of
black paper and towelling, and carefully coloured shepherds. In Playtime
sessions the toddlers were keen to add a selection of sticky stars to dark
paper to produce a panoramic night sky. These elements combined to create a
pastoral scene portraying While shepherds
watched their flocks by night.
See Him lying on a bed of straw inspired the Eagles group to construct an impressive
structure to house their Nativity characters.
In Sunday Club the children
designed small streamers to illustrate specific words from one of our favourite
songs – Come on and celebrate! Using a variety of metallic shapes sealed in
laminating pouches, they created glittering decorations which were suspended
around a simple crown crafted from gold pipe cleaners.
Members of the Church
Walking Group meticulously coloured patterns of boot prints which then ‘walked’
along the ledge behind the organ towards a model of St Johns Hill URC. This
display effectively encouraged us to O
come, all ye faithful.
Thank you to everyone who responded
so enthusiastically to the invitation – the results were greatly appreciated
and admired by everyone who came into the Sanctuary during Advent and
Christmas. The Carol Service was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to raise
their voices in praise as we sang these popular carols. We were able to enrich
the experience with the skilful ringing of hand bells, rousing chords on the
organ, soaring descants by sopranos and a lively rendition of ‘The Holly and
the Ivy’ by the choir.