Our annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols was so very different from countless previous celebrations of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, from the earliest days of mankind through to those joyous beginnings of new life for us all in the humblest of abodes in Bethlehem.
With no Vicar this year to lead our celebrations, the service was ably led by Ray, one of our Church Wardens.
Beginning with the wonderful news of the appointment of the Rev'd Alison Hardy as our new Vicar, prayers and readings were presented by members of the congregation. Max worthy Chapel and St Paternus Church joined to lead The Bidding Prayers and the concluding Prayers. During the latter, Prayers were said for all organisations within the Parish, including Beaumont Court and North Petherwin Primary School, as well as for our new Vicar and her family. Eva Paynter gave The Blessing.
Although unable to sing the wonderful carols included in the service, it was a delight to listen to the music from Jo, our resident organist, and the singing from Sue Topp and her family, who presented a delightful array of music with their wind ensemble. Both Jo and Sue Topp and family helped plan the music for the service. Their combined musical contribution was a delight to hear and the whole service was made all the more inspiring by the surrounds of beautiful angel and floral displays prepared by our local North Petherwin School, football club and W.I., to name but a few.
The service ended outside the church by the south porch with the heart warming and inspiring 'Oh Come All Ye Faithful', sung by all and led by the Topp family.
It was a pleasure to begin our journeys home along the churchyard paths beautifully lit by tea light candles, each guarded over by tiny Angels.
Our thanks go to all those who had worked so hard in preparing the church and churchyard for this wonderful service and to all those who contributed to the service in its preparation, music, readings and prayers.
A delightful, downloadable, of printable gallery of some of the church displays, including the magnificent Christmas Tree, is attached.