CHRISTMAS EVE Holy Communion at the Parish Church was held at 9pm. Worshippers were welcomed by lamp-light down the Church path and to the sound of the Church Bells ringing. Sister Alison Hardy officiated and she commenced by blessing the crib. Luke Francis was the organist. Lessons were read by Kerri Welch, Anna Balsdon and Richard Painter. Arthur Bryant assisted with the administration of the Holy Communion during which the choir rendered some Morwenstow carols. The solo “O Holy Night” was sung by Bethany Francis. The offertory was taken up by John Cleave and Shorne Tilbey. The Church was a picture, decorated with holly and ivy, red and white poinsettias and many burning candles together with a glittering Christmas Tree at the rear and the illuminated crib scene at the front. Merriment continued after the service at The Bush Inn thanks to the hospitality of mine hosts Colin and Gillian Fletcher and their staff.
REV DAVID BARNES administered Holy Communion at the Parish Church on Christmas morning. There were no services at either Methodist Chapel.
DURING Advent at each Sunday service at the Parish Church, rings of candles havebeen lit on the Advent Candle Tree. Each candle was dedicated to the memory of a loved one by various people and with money raised from this going to North Devon Hospice LongHouse in Holsworthy.