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Above and below: The "snowball" fight inside St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Christmas Day.




Yo-ho-snow, it's Christmas!

Yes, church-goers entered into the spirit of things on Christmas Day at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, when more than 300 white pom-poms and two snow machines were used to create a "snowball" fight in the historic building.

There was a good turnout for the popular Christmas Day All-Age Celebration Service at 10am which included the carols O Come, All Ye Faithful, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Once in Royal David's City and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.


Something to sprout about: The Revd Kevin Ashby shows off one of his presents...


... and another...


... and another!

The service was led by Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, who asked people to show some of their Christmas presents before revealing some of his, which included a brussels sprout hat, Mistletoe on-the-go, which had mistletoe on an extendable stick, and a pair of reindeer antlers which moved up and down and lit up!

For his talk he gave out different coloured Jelly Babies. Once everyone had been handed one he went through the coloured sweets, inviting people with that coloured sweet to lick the flour off them to discover what was on them. The different colours and their meanings are:


The Revd Ashby explains what is on the black Jelly Baby.

Black = When you lick off the flour you can see a heart, and just as God showed his love in sending his Son at Christmas, so we should show that love to others;
Green = Is a cry baby... Jesus was a real baby, so God know what it's like to be human;
Red = You will see a B which stands for Mary was having a baby;
Pink = Is a baby, Jesus was born in a stable;
Yellow = Is wearing a necklace, and the Wise Men brought precious gifts to the Christ-child;
Orange= Is wearing a "bottom" bag... the shepherds left their livelihood (their sheep) behind and took only the bare essentials to travel to Bethlehem to see the baby.


The Revd Ashby with a giant Jelly Baby...


... and trying to take a bite out of it!  

The Revd Ashby then produced a giant Jelly Baby which he had been given, concluding that the best baby anyone could be given at Christmas is the baby Jesus.

Then, when the service had finished, came the return after four years of the "snowball" fight. Five minutes of madness followed, with the Revd Ashby being "attacked" most with the pom-pom "snowballs."


For a video of the snowball fight click here. For more pictures click here.

*Melton Mowbray Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby appeared on the Georgey Spanswick show on BBC Radio Leicester on Boxing Day talking to presenter Sim Courtie about the "snowball" fight in St Mary's Church on Christmas Day.
The programme aired on all the BBC Local Radio shows around the country. BBC Local Radio is the BBC's local and regional radio service for England and the Channel Islands, consisting of forty stations.
To listen to the broadcast click here.
*The snowball fight also features on the Leicester Mercury website. View this by clicking here.
*It also features on the ITV Central News website. View this by clicking here.


Phil Balding, 25/12/2017

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