Brollies brought out for chapel’s Christmas event
AN UNUSUAL festival helped herald the start of Christmas celebrations at a village church.
Elton Methodist Chapel held an Up For Christmas festival, filling the building with an dazzling array of umbrellas and parasols.
Each one was hand-decorated to illustrate the text and scenes from Handel’s famous oratorio the Messiah.
It has become a chapel tradition to start off the festive season with an unusual celebration.
In previous years it has included A Cavalcade of Carols and an Angel Festival.
David Housden, from the church, said: “This novel event was well supported and a steady stream of visitors came to admire as extracts from Messiah were played. No charge was made but teas and goodwill offerings amounted to over £400 which will be added to the Chapel Roof Fund.”
The chapel’s Christmas celebrations continue with a midnight mass service, held with the parish church, at All Saints Church, Elton at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve.
On Christmas Day there will be a chapel service at 10.30am for communion and carols.