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Christmas at Thornton Methodist Church


We got into the spirit of Christmas early here at Thornton by holding a Frost Fair on 18th November. It was a great success; people from other churches and the community called in to see what was on offer. There were lots of opportunities to buy that special Christmas present and also stalls to win a prize every time. The cake stall was a hive of activity and the café was very busy with snacks and lunches. The children’s colouring competition was also in full swing. A great day was had by everyone and a big thank you to Sharon Pilkington for all her hard work.

Our Jingle Jamboreeof entertainment weekend was a great success with fun and laughter all the way. There was a variety of acts which included our own Fairy Godmother, performed by Irene who kept us entertained. Win sang There was an Old Woman who Swallowed a Flyand got the audience to join in with the verses. Sharon and her elves were up to mischief and persuaded certain people to decorate a cake blind folded; ‘Very messy!’. We also had music supplied by The Masters of Nonne which got people up & dancing.

Our Christingle service was led by Rev. Nick Blundell on the afternoon 10th December. The lights were dimmed and carols were sung which got us into that Christmas feeling. Everyone made their own Christingle and when each item was added an explanation was given to show its meaning. We finished off the afternoon with mince pies.

On Sunday 17th, our Sunday School took on the service of the Nativity which was arranged by Sharon Pilkington. Lots of interaction took place and everyone enjoyed being included.
Our Carol service on 24th was an excellent time to take place, the day before our Saviour was born. Many traditional carols were sung and the bells really did ring out with our voices. Geoff led the proceedings and included many of the congregation with readings and poems about the special event.

We all gathered on Christmas morning at 9.30am to celebrate the birth of Jesus with our Church Family. It was good to see everyone and exchange Christmas greetings.
We would also like to wish everyone A Very Happy New Year.

Elaine B, Thornton 

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