Celebrating the birth of Christ

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DESPITE the adverse weather conditions, many local churches celebrated the birth of Christ in their traditional way.

The Rev. Canon Dr John Cuthbert, rector of St Mary’s Episcopal Church, has given us a resumé of events at St Mary’s and St Peter’s in Auchmithie.

However, his first taste of Christmas this year was the children from the Condor Family Centre performing their Nativity play in St Christopher’s Church on the base.

St Mary’s Christmas celebrations began last Sunday with a shared lunch and a Christingle Service, when a new generation of children learned the old children’s hymn ‘Jesus bids us shine with a pure clear light’.

Frank Gilbert and the Hill Street Singers provided the choir lead and Alison Hart played the organ for the candle-lit Service of Lessons and Carols on Wednesday, by which time the church had been marvellously decorated with flowers and candles, Christmas tree and crib.

The Family Carol Service at St Peter’s Auchmithie on Christmas Eve saw a full church and participation in telling the story by both old and young from the village. Midnight Mass was held in St Mary’s. On Christmas morning there was a quiet, early Communion Service at 8 a.m. and then a Family Service with Communion at 10.30 a.m.

At St John’s Methodist Church the lighting of the first Advent candle was delayed as for the first time in nearly 250 years, as no service took place due to the weather on November 28.

The following Sunday the first and second candles were lit. The Sunday School presented their Nativity play on December 19 in an ad hoc service presented by Stewards.

A carol service was held on Christmas Day under the direction of the Superintendent Minister, the Rev. Mary Patterson.