Christmas at St Mary’s

This last week, Christmas festivities got going with two events hosted at St Mary’s.

Advent is here and on December 3rd we had the Church Family Christmas party. We had children that frequently attend Flightpath as well as some of the younger ones and toddlers. We also had quite a few parents joining in the celebration. It was a most enjoyable evening.

Nicole Hanekom was extremely good at face painting and the children queued eagerly to be transformed. The Christmas tree went up without a hitch this year (thanks to Naeem). It was then beautifully decorated by the children. There was art and craft as well as several games which the children enjoyed. Of course, we had two major highlights of the evening. Brian Grumbridge presented his annual Christmas Nativity play. This year it was very interactive and let’s say most of the ‘audience’ ended up on stage including many of the adults. There was no holding back. Last but not least, we had Santa Claus who came all the way from the North Pole. It was really touching to see and hear the little ones talking to Santa Claus. It was a great party and everyone I am sure had a good time.

The festivities continued on December 7th at St Mary’s. The church hosted a Carol Service organised by Crossways Pregnancy Crisis Centre. We had bible readings and carols (accompanied by Kevin on piano) and we also had performances from the St John’s and St Mary’s Gospel choir as well from the visiting ‘Up Beat Choir’. The church looked beautiful with its decorations and lighting. There was mulled wine and mince pies for all who wanted and Christmas craft and cakes on sale in support of the charity. So it’s been a busy week at St Mary’s and now we have the Carol service to look forward to at St John’s on 17 December. See you there!

Gayle Farrell