St Paul’s prepares for Christmas

A busy week at St Paul’s as preparations for Christmas begin.

Thursday sees the opening of the Christmas Tree Festival by our MP Tim Farron.  The theme for this year is ‘Believe there is good in the world’, over 30 trees have so far been entered, and all proceeds will go to mental health charities.  The Festival will be open each day until the 30th December, 10 am to 4 pm,  apart from Christmas and Boxing Days.

The stable is set up and ready to receive again the coming into our world of our Lord, the Prince of Peace.

And St Paul’s Alternative Christmas Card is now on display.  In 2007 two of the parishioners decided that instead of sending cards to other members of the congregation they would pin up their greetings in church and make a donation to WaterAid, UK’s dedicated water charity.  The idea proved so popular that the idea has become a tradition, and £5,972.39 (including Gift Aid) has been donated to this charity. This year our donations will help to provide clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to schools and communities throughout Nepal, so that generations of girls get the chance to learn. The UK government will match our donations, making double the impact.