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