Christ­mas Ser­vice from the past, this Satur­day

Stanstead Journal - - LEN NOXVILLE NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

TheChurch of the Epiphany, a 125 year old pi­o­neer church lo­cated in Way’s Mills, will hold its an­nual Christ­mas Carol Ser­vice this Satur­day, De­cem­ber 13th, be­gin­ning at 4:00 pm. Peo­ple from near and far, of all re­li­gious back­grounds, are in­vited to at­tend this ‘oil lamp’ ser­vice which is of­fi­ci­ated by Rev­erend Bar­bara Win­tle.

“We hope to have a good crowd when we take our Jour­ney to Beth­le­hem. It will be our first year do­ing the ser­vice with­out Mr. Good­man, and we’ll miss him. But we know he’ll be there in spirit,” said Rev­erend Win­tle. For­mer Way’s Mills res­i­dent Somen Good­man, who passed away ear­lier in the year, was in­stru­men­tal in rais­ing funds to re­pair and main­tain the beau­ti­ful church.

Be­cause the church has no elec­tric­ity, the ser­vice takes place un­der the warm glow of oil lamps. Those at­tend­ing bring flash­lights to read along with the lessons and sing Christ­mas car­ols and warm coats, although there is a fur­nace. Chil­dren are par­tic­u­larly wel­come at this ser­vice and those who at­tend are in­vited up to take part in the light­ing of the Ad­vent can­dles. 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. As is tra­di­tional, June Pat­ter­son, of Coat­i­cook, will play the church’s pump or­gan.

Once the car­ols have all been sung, a so­cial gath­er­ing with re­fresh­ments, gra­ciously pro­vided by the com­mu­nity of Way’s Mills and the vicin­ity, will take place in the com­mu­nity hall on the other side of the bridge, within walk­ing dis­tance of the church.

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