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St. Mary's C of E Parish Church


St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, was packed on Saturday night for the Carols amongst the Trees service.


There, that fits lovely! The Revd Kevin Ashby adjusts some headgear for one of the wise shepherds.


Looking the part... well, sort  of! The shepherds try out some headgear. 


The shepherds line up in church on Saturday night.

Carols draw the crowds

A large crowd enjoyed singing carols round the Christmas trees in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday night at a special service as part of this year's Christmas Tree Festival.

The silly (sleepy) shepherd was the theme chosen by Melton Team Parish Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, for the service.

He started by choosing an angel (the Revd Dr Mary Barr), and then three wise shepherds and a silly shepherd from those attending to tell  the story of the shepherds and how they received the message to go to Bethlehem to see the newborn baby Jesus.

This was interspersed with favourite Christmas carols including Hark! the herald angels sing, Once in Royal David's city and While shepherds watched their flocks by night. The singing was led by the St Mary's Church choir with musical director James Gutteridge.

The wise shepherds went to see the baby but the silly shepherd couldn't be bothered with the angel's message and missed seeing it. 

Shortly before the service began the choir entertained people who were inside the church looking round the trees.

Christmas Tree Festival Programme 

Sunday, 2nd December  -  8am  Holy Communion Service in St Mary's Church.
St Mary’s Church open to the public 9am –  5pm.  Last admission 4pm. Refreshments all day.
6.30pm - Songs of Praise in St Mary’s – singing led by The Hathern Brass Band.
Monday, 3rd December  -  Open to the public 9am – 9pm.  Last admission 8pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available from 5pm. Refreshments all day.
Tuesday, 4th December  -  Open to the public 9am – 4pm.  Last admission 3pm. Refreshments all day.
4.00 pm Festival closes with prayers from Revd Kevin Ashby.
4.15 pm Trees removed from Church. 

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St Mary's Church Choir during the service and below entertaining the visitors who were looking round the trees.

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Article printed from at 18:58 on 21 November 2019