The 2014 Toy Service was held on Sunday 30th November, with the Young Peoples Sections taking the lead again as usual for this event. There was a good crowd of folk who attended and supported those taking part.
The YP Band accompanied the singing of the carols, and were joined by three youngsters from the learners band, having progressed in their learning enough to enable them to now play with the band. The Singing Company sang two Christmas songs during the service and the Primary Group amazed everyone by telling us about a part of the Christmas story using the word CHRISTMAS as a base for an acrostic poem. The Primary children all aged between 3-6 had learnt their words by heart and showed no signs of being nervous in front of a large crowd, congratulations to them and their leaders for all the work involved to put something like that together. We hope it’s not too long before we see you taking part again. It was especially nice to see such a large group from the Rainbows and Brownies as they paraded their colors into the hall. They too played their part, telling the congregation about various Christmas traditions. The Learners band were out in force again, playing (and singing) Christmas tunes, having heard the progress made in recent weeks, it won’t be long before a few more are ready to take their place in the YP Band! There were also a couple of soloists, Ella Clarke and Thomas Wears played the piano, once again with no sign of nerves. The congregation welcomed a special guest during the afternoon, Father Christmas took a few minutes in his busy schedule to come and collect the toys brought to the Toy Service for those who find themselves in need at this time. The toys will be given to families in the area along with a Christmas Hamper. To round off the afternoon, a group of twelve youngsters were put in charge of a section of the congregation and we sang the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas” with each group taking a certain day, it didn’t always run smoothly but we got there eventually!
An enjoyable afternoon with the added benefit of helping those less fortunate than ourselves in the process. We can be justifiably proud of every one of our young folk who worked hard today. Thank you to them and the YP workers for all their efforts.