Story by Susan Vinall
We had a busy, but exciting Christmas at St Cuthbert’s Church on Barnsley Road. Events kicked off with our Carol Singalong on Friday 8th December, an informal evening where we sat around tables drinking mulled wine by candlelight, singing (lots!) of carols and hearing ‘The Well Good News of Christmas’.
Our FAB Tots toddler group Christmas party and Girls’ Brigade awards evening with carols by candlelight took place the following week – all our members took part in singing, building a traditional nativity scene and our older group gave a presentation about our food bank.
We had both a traditional nativity service, which our children and young people took a lead in, and a scratch nativity where we encouraged the whole congregation to dress up and join in – this was a new experience for us and one we are keen to repeat next year.
Firvale food bank held its Christmas party the week before Christmas, and all the children got presents (donated by Hallam FM). Father Christmas also made an appearance at the Christingle Service. Celebrations were rounded off with informal services on Christmas Eve (Midnight service) and Christmas morning.
Church member Linda Elms said “it’s been lovely to be able to stop and think about the true meaning of Christmas in the midst of all the activity.”