Article and images by Jonathan White
A ‘Christmas Festival’ took place at St Mary’s Church in Acton near Nantwich from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th December 2018.
The opening day – on Friday – featured a guest appearance from Father Christmas and a Christmas medley performance by Acton CE Primary Academy choir in the afternoon, followed by a Christmas music concert with The Funky Choir in the evening.
On Saturday there was an opportunity to see the Christmas trees, festive wreaths and garlands that beautifully bedecked the church and enjoy yuletide refreshments, along with an opportunity to meet Father Christmas.
The twenty-eight Christmas trees have been sponsored and decorated by parishioners, local societies, and local businesses for the third consecutive year.
Two of the Christmas trees were made out of alternative materials: a slate tree from Emerton Roofing, and a metal tree from Harbrook Engineering.
For the first-time there was also a display of fifty wreaths and garlands, all handmade by parishioners, with different materials including: holly, pine cones, berries, lights, feathers, wool, buttons, drinking straws, and even a tractor tyre!
A large nativity scene was produced by the church’s flower arranger, Deanna Emerton.
There was also a prize raffle, a stall selling items made by parishioners and light refreshments.
The trees, wreaths and garlands will be on display in the church until Thursday 27th December and can be viewed during the ‘Tea at the Tower’ cafe refreshments that are available every Sunday afternoon (2.30-4.30pm) throughout the year.
The final day, Sunday, started with Communion and Morning Prayer, followed by Tea at the Tower in the afternoon, and finished with evening prayer.
Christmas services at St Mary’s Church, Acton include:
– Sunday 16th December,10am, Messy Nativity
– Monday 17th December, 10.15am, Malbank Sixth Form Carol Service
– Sunday 23rd December, 5pm, Carol Service (with refreshments and mince pies BEFORE) the service)
– Monday 24th December, Christmas Eve, 5pm, Crib Service (collection for The Children’s Society)
– Monday 24th December, Christmas Eve, 11.30pm, Midnight Communion
– Tuesday 25th December, Christmas Day, 11am, Holy Communion
For further information relating to St Mary’s Church, Acton please visit: www.stmarysacton.com