Snapshots of December 17 in Barnack Church

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December 2017 in Barnack Church
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December 2017 in Barnack Church
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December 2017 in Barnack Church

Messy Church.

Messy Church fell on a snowy Sunday  and some helpers couldn't get there, but lots of local families came along after playing in the snow! There was a lovely atmosphere, with everyone busy making wise men, angels, mangers, stars and edible advent wreaths, as well as decorating a large glass candle holder.    During the celebration service we thought about how the characters of the first Christmas might have prepared for Jesus birth and what we could do to get ready for Jesus' coming this Christmas. We also sang lively songs and lit the candle to remember that Jesus is the Light of the World.  Afterwards there was plenty of chatting and eating: altogether  a very special time of creativity, fun, fellowship and worship.

Coffee Stop.

No-one could claim that it matched the wonderful male voice choirs of the Welsh Valleys, but it was not a bad attempt despite no selection procedure for singers, no prior rehearsal and no quality control!  And, following the valiant efforts of the men singers, then some excellent lady singers also joined in the fun.  But most importantly, there is no doubt that Coffee Stop participants were all fully engaged and well entertained by the impromptu choirs in the Village Hall! 

Barnack School and Christingle.

After Revd Dave had set up an “industrial process” in the School for making the Christingle candles, they were then transported to the Church.  With two Christingle services on consecutive days for different year groups of school-children, this was a wonderful start to the Christmas services in the Church itself.

The Carol Service.

Preparing for Christmas,the church had been beautifully decorated with magnificent flowers in readiness for the Carol Service. With the Church full, the congregation heard a series of traditional Bible readings from both the Old and New Testaments, with musical pieces by the choir and a solo by Dave Bearman(with Revd Dave on guitar). There was robust carol-singing from church family and guests.This was a great service to kick off the Christmas weekend and to celebrate the first coming of Jesus.  The mulled wine and mince pies after the service also went down very well!

The Crib Service. 

Revd Dave led a really engaging service, managing to guide many excited children safely all around the Church and to the stable.  This was certainly one of the highlights of the year for the Church, and will have left beautiful images in the minds and memories of many of the youngsters from Barnack and surrounding areas.

Christmas Day: Midnight Service.

 A very special time for some members of the Church family, together ushering in Christmas Day with a traditional service of Holy Communion.  The fifth of the candles is now alight!

Christmas Day: Morning Service. 

A fun service with Revd Dave and Josh Jackson “illuminating” the genealogy of Jesus with various applause, cheers, boo’s and ignorance!  Followed by Holy Communion and chocolate coins for the children, it was a light-hearted beginning to Christmas Day.

Year-end. 

There may have been less snowfall in the second snow of December, but it reminded us that the country had indeed had a white Christmas.  We still have the cold weather with us for a while, but Spring will soon be here!  Happy New Year indeed.