“Let there be light: and there was light”…in abundance!

Cold December rain may have forced the cancellation of the much anticipated village ‘Lantern Procession’, but it did not deter the residents of Stalmine (and beyond) from attending the annual lighting of the Christmas tree.  

The bright lights of ‘Harry the Lorry’ lit up the carpark of the Seven Stars pub and illuminated the way towards St. James’ church where the proceedings were unfolding.

People of all ages entered the church with excited faces, eagerly anticipating a fun-filled event.  From the soft candlelight amongst the lush, foliage-filled window ledges, to the activity stations covered in crafting materials, cake decorating equipment and abundant sparkly sprinkles, there was every sign that a glittering evening was in progress!

Mayor of Wyre, Julie Robinson, was invited to switch on the lights.  The crowds were directed outside for a brief ceremony.  The countdown began: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6…and at precisely the required moment, the towering evergreen, whose silhouette could just be made out through the drizzling rain, was clothed in light.

Once everyone was safely back inside, a gleaming brass band provided jubilant notes to familiar carols.  Sara led a short, family-friendly service with a bit of help from youngsters from our regular congregation and the local Scout group.

Following the conclusion of the service, all those gathered were invited to enjoy the refreshments on offer including mulled wine, and sausage and bacon butties.  Christmas crafting for the little ones provided more glamour and glitz as biscuits and tree decorations were richly embellished.  Youngsters enjoyed the seasonal ‘Tin Can Alley’, taking aim at some famous faces, complete with Santa hats and white beards!  Animated chit chat, laughter and happy voices resonated throughout.

There was, of course, a very special visitor!  Santa, with help from Rev. Elf, welcomed children in the sparkling, magical grotto and listened attentively as they expressed their hopes and dreams for Christmas.

Without doubt, it was a brilliant night, for the whole village community.

“Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.”

(Genesis 1: 3 – 4)