As usual in December, Christ Church was visited by a large number of people, some from a distance, many local, and all were welcome, whether regular attenders or not. Starting with the Christmas Market (at the end of November) when the church was full of stalls and live seasonal music was provided by local groups, there were concerts (New Mill Male Voice Choir, and Hepworth Band each presented their Christmas Concert in church, to capacity audiences), there were workshops (producing the huge Advent Crown displayed in church, and another making Christingles), there were quiet reflective/study sessions (“Darkness to Light”). And of course there were the Christmas services. Wooldale Junior and Kirkroyds Infant schools came to church to present their Christmas services; our Junior Church with all-age assistance re-enacted the Nativity story; the choir presented their offering in Music and Words, and the church was full for the Christingle service. As Christmas Day itself approached, there was the midnight Eucharist, and then Christmas morning carols with Communion. A total footfall well over 1000 across the season which shows that despite a decline in church attendance generally in this country, New Mill is bucking the trend, at least at Christmas.
The carol service featured a range of styles of music, but included the world premiere of James Morgan’s setting of “I Saw Three Ships” –
You can see a number of pictures taken at these events, especially the Nativity production, and the Christingle service, on our Facebook page.