All our 550 knitted angels were distributed around the town and also to people we knew, during the first two weeks of December. It was interesting to watch people’s reactions as they discovered the angels on railings, on street benches and on tree branches. Their faces lit up in delight as they realised that an angel had been left for them to find. Two teenage girls plucked one from a tree and then looked round to try to find another so that they could each have one.
A grandma and a little boy asked Julia if she was “the angel lady”. The grandma told the child that he had to give it to someone he loved very much and he promised to give it to his little sister. A lady saw one of our distributers leaving the angels on benches in Jephson Gardens and went to pick one up. She looked at her “find” in disbelief and then turned to the distributer and said “What a lovely idea. It shows that people care”. Our Brownies left angels along Radford Road and were rewarded when a Pizza shop owner invited them in and cooked 3 huge pizzas for them free of charge! One Brownie said, “That was the best Brownie meeting ever!”
Each of the 550 angels gave pleasure to the finders and, hopefully, reminded them of the true meaning of Christmas. We were delighted that, as a result of finding angels in the town, six people came along to our service of Readings and Carols on December 23rd and said how much the angels had meant to them. Pat gave some to her son, Doug, to give out at the Christmas Fête at the Children’s Nursery where he works.
Doug writes, “I just wanted to say thank you for the knitted angels you let me have to give out at my nursery. Everyone who was offered one was thrilled with them and thought it was a lovely idea . They went to staff, parents and children and have travelled to places such as Cornwall, Devon, Northampton and a couple of other places in the U.K. I believe one is even on its way to Spain.
Well done to all those involved in making them, they have certainly spread a bit of joy this Christmas”.
Thank you so much to all our knitters (especially Bella who topped the list of angel producers) and to those who “bagged” the angels and distributed them. You brought pleasure to many! We shall be knitting angels again for distribution at Advent 2019 so please start knitting NOW!!!
Children and adults met together on Sunday December 9th to enjoy a Christingle Service led by the Revd. James Church and trainee URC Minister, Fiona Elvins. The music group led the songs.
The service focussed on Jesus, the Light of the World. We began by lighting the second Advent candle symbolising Love and then everyone enjoyed the story of “When Santa learned the Gospel”. telling how Santa realised that only God is perfect but that everyone should endeavour to do their very best to be like him.
Children and adults joined lustily in singing “This Little Light of Mine” and performed actions to the words.
Fiona led us in the making of Christingles and explained the significance of the red ribbon, the fruits of the earth and the candle. The lights were dimmed as we lit our Christingles.
During Advent 2018 Marjorie and John Carrier have taken their Nativity Exhibition to Hilton Methodist Church, Cambridge and then to Abbey Hill United Reformed Church in Kenilworth.
The organisers of the Church in Hilton were delighted with the response. Photos can be viewed here
Some of the comments written in the Visitors’ Book
There has been a lot of interest from the local press and from social media. You can see a short video on Facebook by clicking on this link and then scrolling down the page:
TThe Exhibition will be held again in 2019 at Radford Road Church, Leamington Spa between Dec. 2nd and Dec.8th and at Abbey Hill United Reformed Church, Kenilworth between Dec 10th and Dec. 15th 2019. Times to be announced later.