St. James’ church called and the wider community came…to the Carol and Toy Service, with a difference!

The church building was swapped for Stalmine Village Hall, bedecked with twinkly lights, festive swags and a sparkling Christmas tree.  Parishioners from St. James’ church, family, friends, neighbours and local residents filled the hall to capacity.

Members of Pilling Jubilee Silver Band were seated at the front, welcoming the arrivals with some suitably festive tunes; their polished instruments gleaming under the lights.

Pam opened the service with words of welcome before introducing the first carol, ‘Once in David’s Royal City’, during which, donated toys were received, destined for the Blackpool and Fylde Women’s Refuge.  The Over Wyre Community Choir burst into song, filling the hall with some lovely harmonies and earning a spontaneous round of applause from those listening.

Pam narrated the familiar words of the Nativity Story, interspersed with some much-loved carols, reiterating the messages from the gospels.  This was followed by an alternative, interactive rendition of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, causing much amusement as the ‘song’ unfolded!

No carol service would be complete without ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ to close.  The congregation took to their feet and sang their hearts out!  The Community Choir and Pilling Band both provided some lovely music at the very end, before everyone headed to the refreshments’ table, where glasses of wine and mince pies awaited.

Thank you to Pam and Elaine for this special service.

Thank you to Pilling Jubilee Silver Band for their wonderful music.

Thank you to the Over Wyre Community Choir for their lovely musical contributions.

Thank you to ALL who came, gifted toys and sang.

Church – in the community.