A JOINT community effort between the Guildford Association and St Matthew’s Church enabled the inaugural light-up of Christmas lights last week on a tree in Stirling Square, Guildford.
St Matthew’s Anglican Church minister Reverend Katrina Holgate said the project was a year in the planning and designed as a gift to the local community.
“This conifer in Stirling Square is in a strategic position between the church and Guildford town centre,” she said.
“The lights can be seen from passing trains between Midland and Perth and by motorists driving along the main road.
“And with the Carols by Candlelight in the park next week, it will be a focal point for people coming along to enjoy their picnic and carols and a bright and welcome addition to the Town of Guildford.”
Other Christmas and regular events at St Matthew’s include:
-Sunday December 13 at 9am: (In the church) Nine Lessons and Carols, a traditional service started at King’s College, Cambridge, nearly a century ago. It is a simple service of Bible stories of the first Christmas and favourite carols – always starting with Once in Royal David’s City.
-Sunday, December 20, at 7pm (in the park) Carols by Candlelight. BYO picnic to enjoy. Candles or torches will be on sale depending on a fire ban. Proceeds to the Christmas Bowl.
-Christmas Eve service at 11pm.
-Christmas Day service at 9am.
-Messy Church in St Matthew’s Hall 4pm on the first Sunday every month (except January): Crafts, fun, Bible stories and a shared meal for children and adults.
-Church in the Park in the church grounds 4pm December 27 and the fourth Sunday each month: Music, songs, entertainment, prayer and a shared meal.