Christmas started at Hope Church today, Advent Sunday.
Members of the congregation at a special Family Service this afternoon were reminded of the beginning of the Christmas story by the angels, Mary and Joseph, the innkeeper, not forgetting the donkey and also the Roman centurion (who received a few boos!) who showed us how the story began.
The congregation followed the performers outside where the story ended at the crib and, after a countdown, the Christmas lights came on.
Thank you to all those who took part. A memorable start to the Christmas season.
It was Les's 80th birthday this week. As usual after Sunday's 11o'clock service members of the congregation joined together in the Church Hall for refreshments but this time there was birthday cake too! After the singing of Happy Birthday Les cut the cake and the photo shows Les with wife Kathleen about to give everyone a slice.