“Jour­ney to Beth­le­hem” be­gins in Way’s Mills

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Ev­ery year, peo­ple from near and far at­tend the an­nual Christ­mas Carol Ser­vice that is held in the 123 year-old pioneer church in Way’s Mills: the Church of the Epiphany.

This year’s ser­vice takes place on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15th, be­gin­ning at 4:00 pm, and of­fi­ci­at­ing Min­is­ter Rev­erend Bar­bara Win­tle hopes the church will, once again, be full. “Peo­ple come from ev­ery­where for this ser­vice. You don’t have to be Angli­can or United or any­thing; it’s just a Christ­mas Ser­vice open to any­one who wants to come,” said Rev­erend Win­tle.

The ser­vice is called “A Jour­ney to Beth­le­hem” and along the way the au­di­ence will meet Adam and Eve, Isa­iah, Abra­ham and Sarah, Ja­cob and David, Zachariah and Elizabeth, the An­gel Gabriel, the an­gels and the Wise Men. “It’s time to take the jour­ney to Beth­le­hem again. We need the re­minder of the jour­ney and the peo­ple we meet along the way,” added the Rev­erend.

“The peo­ple in the au­di­ence who like to read take turns read­ing the lessons and we sing Christ­mas Carols.” Young Me­gan Pat­ter­son will play a few se­lec­tions on her key­board and June Pat­ter­son will play the church’s pump or­gan.

Of course, with­out elec­tric­ity in this her­itage church, the en­tire ser­vice takes place un­der the soft light of an­tique oil lamps. Peo­ple are strongly en­cour­aged to bring flash­lights so they can read along with the ser­vice.

Once the carols have all been sung, a so­cial gath­er­ing with re­fresh­ments will take place in the com­mu­nity hall on the other side of the bridge, within walking dis­tance of the church.

Be­cause this beau­ti­ful jewel of a church is in need of some ma­jor restora­tion, a fundrais­ing drive has been on­go­ing for some time now. The former Lib­eral government promised a grant of $150,000 to­wards the $215,000 project if the com­mu­nity could raise the dif­fer­ence. Al­most half of the $65,000 needed has been raised to date. Do­na­tions for this project will be grate­fully ac­cepted at the Christ­mas Carol Ser­vice this Satur­day.

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June Pat­ter­son will re­turn to play the pump or­gan at this Satur­day’s Christ­mas Carol Ser­vice in Way’s Mills.

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