15 December 2017
More than 1300 twinkling stars settled over St Mary’s Church in Horncastle recently as the annual Christmas Tree Festival once again decorated the church. Together with over 50 Christmas trees and wreaths, which were provided by local businesses, schools and organisations, the church was transformed into a stunning atmosphere of creativity, merriment and joy.
“It was a lovely spectacle to behold,” stated the Revd Charles Patrick, Rector of St Mary’s. “Together with the Christmas Market in the town centre, Horncastle was buzzing with people eager to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. We welcomed over 1700 visitors into the church over two days and the atmosphere was one of joy and love. Our prayer tree in the Lady Chapel became full of poignant prayers as families remembered their loved ones. Also, the Nativity scene in the Chancel caused people to pause and remember the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas.”
The Christmas Tree Festival was a real community effort. The stars were created by the children and community of the town, a large group of volunteers helped to ensure that all the stars twinkled high in the nave, and local supermarkets donated over 200 mince pies and bottles of mulled wine.
Looking back at the success of the festival, Charles also said, “Over the past three years, the clergy and laity of St Mary’s have undertaken the diocesan Developing Discipleship Programme, and we now have our mission firmly established to develop the church as the ‘Community Centre’ of Horncastle – a place where people feel confident to enter, whatever their need. Once again, The Christmas Tree Festival has attracted a large proportion of the town into the church to witness the warmth, the welcome and the love that is offered to all on a daily basis.”
Further information on St Mary’s Horncastle may be found here. We are most grateful to Mr John Steadman for the photographs.
© DofLincoln. All rights are reserved. Web design & development by Nvisage