Christmas services were well attended at St Columba’s this year.
Nearly 200 took part in the packed Christmas Eve service, hearing familiar Bible readings and singing well-known and newer carols. Highlights included an unaccompanied trio singing Mary Did You Know? and a clarinet solo. A child came forward and explained the meaning of the Christingle, before we all lit ours, and the lights were dimmed for a magical Silent Night by candlelight. After the service, which raised over £400 for a local charity working with disabled children, worshippers enjoyed mince pies in the church hall, and catching up with old friends and visitors.
On Christmas morning, we had a number of visitors, both local and from farther afield who were visiting families. This meant that we had a number of young children at our service, which included a Who Wants to be a Millionnaire-style quiz on Christmas.