Final preparation for the December Additional Meeting, O Holy Night, proved to be a perfect exercise in team work.
We had an idea that we might have a few more sisters attending than usual, and the pressure was on to find more tables and chairs to squeeze into the already busy cultural hall.
Extra volunteers turned up during the week (see details at bottom of post) and there was a huge flurry of activity in the final hours to get the hall prepared for the evening. Finally, it was complete – the lights went out – and the hall was lit only by *candlelight and the fairy lights on the trees.
Fiona read the story “Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect” by Richard H Schneider, while Robert played the introduction. We were all able to see each page that Fiona read, as they were projected onto the screen. At the end of the story, Fiona’s ‘children’ sang “Jesus once was a little Child” accompanied by Robert on piano. It was all rather lovely.
Naiomi read the poem, Christmas Time is Magical, and our Carol Singers, dressed for the occasion, complete with lanterns and the joy of Christmas, excelled. (Sorry ladies, no photographs).
Luke Chapter 2 V1, 3-14 was beautifully read by Marie.
We watched the fabulous Piano Guys play their hauntingly beautiful rendition of O Come Emmanuel (Christmas Version)
Following more music provided by our Carol Singers, and then our congregation, we relaxed at the tables.
Decorating the cultural hall:
- The Young Women who gave up an evening to decorate the two church Christmas Trees
- Julie Y, for popping in and out between other jobs and helping wherever she could
- Jez for finding so many things for us, cabling all the lights, and helping in numerous ways
- Billy S for getting up the ladder and patiently pinning all those flimsy sheets of blue tissue
- John W for making our stable and crib, and slogging away with us for 6 hours on decorating day
- Isobel for sewing up the curtains for our “snowy windows”
- Norma for conducting
- Robert on piano
- George B
- Julie Y
- Ann W
Setting out tables and chairs and heading out on a wild night to collect more
- Robert and our missionaries
Setting the tables
Providing food for the table
- Ann D
- Ann W
- Jim S
- Cathy D
- the AM committee
Thanks to everyone who dipped into the ‘service basket’ and took a task to help clear the tables after the meeting. It made the whole job of clearing up so much easier. I’m told that there was more requests for a card than cards available!
So many brought a gift for the local food bank, and we have no way of knowing who you are. The table was laden. Thank you for thinking about those in our area who are in need this Christmastime. Thank you for your compassion.
Planning, sourcing, shopping, baking, sewing, printing, centrepiece-making; hauling heavy boxes, bags and containers of every shape, size and form, from home to car to church and then again in reverse. Organising music, finding imagery, fighting with technology, creating mini displays. Washing, ironing, napkin folding, climbing ladders, dressing trees, serving food, sweeping floors, washing dishes, panicking (often), laughing, hugging, supporting.
- the Additional Meeting Committee
We hope you enjoyed the programme, the candlelit hall and the ambience that the Christmas trees and lanterns provided – we hope you had a lovely evening! Thank you for coming.
Merry Christmas to all our lovely sisters in Irvine Ward. X
*LED’s of course!
**We really want to acknowledge everyone who helped in any way, but if we have missed you out, please do let us know, and we’ll correct it. We can only blame our ageing brains, and strive to do better next time. X
Credits: Programme image – Adobe