Church open to ev­ery­one

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - JES­SICA WALFORD jes­[email protected]­

A VAL­LEYS church is set to open its doors on Christ­mas Day with a day of ac­tiv­i­ties so no-one has to be on their own dur­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties. The event is free and open to all.

A CHURCH in Aber­dare is set to open its doors on Christ­mas Day once again so no-one has to be on their own dur­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties.

St Fa­gan’s Church in Tre­cynon is now in its fourth year of host­ing a whole day of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing eat­ing Christ­mas din­ner to watch­ing the Queen’s Speech – with the day free and open to ev­ery­one.

Guests will also get a present, do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses, as well as be­ing able to take part in a sing-song and en­joy a visit from Santa.

Last year, about 70 guests showed up for the fes­tiv­i­ties. Due to the ca­pac­ity of the hall it can only host the same num­ber again.

So far, about 20 peo­ple have reg­is­tered in­ter­est in vol­un­teer­ing for part of the day, but Fa­ther Richard Green thinks they need three times as many.

Fr Green said: “It will be the same as last year, but it’s our fourth year. I have al­ways got a great re­sponse from the com­mu­nity.

“The peo­ple who want to come and vol­un­teer have con­tacted us quite early. I got one at the end of Oc­to­ber. It’s re­ally en­cour­ag­ing that peo­ple are keen to come.

“We could do with maybe even 50 or 60 vol­un­teers to look af­ter all the dif­fer­ent as­pects of the day.”

For Fr Green, it’s the com­mu­nity spirit he’s seen that makes the event a suc­cess for him.

“I think peo­ple just see it as a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and help out,” he said.

“Christ­mas is such a spe­cial time for peo­ple that are not even re­li­gious. Peo­ple gen­er­ally want to help out if there are peo­ple on their own.

“Peo­ple en­joy the cel­e­bra­tion at home but they have this feel­ing they want to do some­thing prac­ti­cal rather than sit at home with the TV.

“I think it’s re­ally en­cour­ag­ing to see the com­mu­nity spirit in Aber­dare – that peo­ple are will­ing to help.

“It sums up the spirit of Christ­mas. I’m hop­ing it will be a suc­cess­ful event and peo­ple en­joy them­selves and have a great time.”

Any­one in­ter­ested has to pay a £5 de­posit they can get back on the day. But Fa­ther Green said any­one un­able to pay would not be turned away.

Those in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing or at­tend­ing on the day should con­tact Fr Green on 01685 881435 or by email at vicar.stfa­[email protected]­con­

Last year’s Christ­mas Day event at St Fa­gan’s Church in Tre­cynon

Fa­ther Christ­mas dropped in last year

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