Christmas Service from the past, this Saturday
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.