Waiting for Christmas

Christmas as a child.  I remember it so well ... the anticipation which built up through December as Christmas Day drew nearer.  Writing cards, school concerts, putting up the tree, wrapping presents, and then ... finally ... the day arrives!  At Holy Trinity we wait for the coming of Christmas in much the same way.  And it retains its excitement for all of us whether children or adults. 

 

First, from 5th to 7th Dec, comes the Christmas Tree Festival ... groups from church and from the wider community decorate the church with their trees; and in the midst there is a concert at 7.30pm on Saturday and our Christingle Service at 4.00pm on Sunday.

At 10am on Sun 14th Dec we have the Toy Service.  The church is filled with adults and children, bringing a gift to be passed on to a child less fortunate than they ... so that they might have some enjoyment from Christmas too.

 

At 6.30pm on Sun 21st Dec we have our annual Carol Service, as we gather and hear the Christmas Story by candlelight ... not to mention mince pies and mulled wine afterwards!


Finally we reach Christmas Eve.  The church is filled with families for the Crib Service at 3.30pm - always a joyful time.  And then we're back again for the (slightly misnamed!) Midnight Communion Service at 11.30pm. 


One last push takes us to our Communion Service at 10am on Christmas Day.  And then its finally here.  The build up is over, the moment has arrived ... we all head home for Christmas, presents and food! 


The anticipation and excitement is still here for me, even though I'm an adult.  Whether you're a child or, like me a little older but still child at heart, there is plenty at Holy Trinity to help you feel the same.  Please come and join us - maybe to make a Christingle, donate a toy, sing some carols, or just remember what Christmas is really about.  You would be very welcome!