Christmas Tree Festival 2020   ‘Comfort and Joy’

We have thought long and hard about the feasibility of a Christmas Tree Festival this year but  sadly we are unable to have a Festival in its usual format. However,  we have plenty of exciting activities planned. Please see details below and further updates in the Crediton Courier, weekly notice sheet and on the Church Website and Facebook pages.

The Church is going to be floodlit from the beginning of Advent on the 29th November until Epiphany on the 6th January 2021. The ‘Big’ tree will also be lit up every evening to shine through from inside the Church conveying the message of ‘Comfort and Joy’. If you would like to help towards the cost of the electricity in memory of a loved one please email creditontreefestival@gmail.com or phone Stella on 07960388198. There will be opportunities to display and publish the names of loved ones dependent on individual preferences.

Saturday 5th December – the St Nick Café will be open in the Boniface Centre from 10am-12.30pm and then again from 2.00-5.45pm with the usual stalls: Church shop, Bric-a-brac and Bridge Books.  We will be following the ‘Rule of 6’ where seating will be arranged in pods of 6 all socially distanced.  Please be patient with the stewards as they ensure that all control measures are being observed and that Government guidance is being adhered to. ‎We will not be able to provide lunches, I’m afraid, but coffee/tea/cakes/cream teas will be available. This will enable people to have tea before going to the Family Carol Service at 6pm

Saturday 5th December and Sunday 6th December at 6pm – ‘Family Carols from Holy Cross’ – Come and hear readings and carols sung by Holy Cross Choir (no congregational singing yet!). The ‘Big’ tree will be shining. As seating is limited prior booking is recommended – please contact Anne Jerman – 01363 772865 or email jerman@12blagdon.eclipse.co.uk to book your place.
The Family Carols from Holy Cross will also be streamed on the Church’s Facebook page from 6pm on Sunday 6th December and will include images from previous Christmas Tree Festivals along with words to carols so you can sing along at home and replay over the festive period.
As with the Flower Festival these events are all about YOU – so we have also set up competitions too – details below.
We hope that we will be able to bring you ‘Comfort and Joy’ during these challenging times and look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Festival.

Colouring Competition

We have created a picture celebrating the nativity and this year’s theme of ‘Comfort and Joy’ for you to colour in – anyone under the age of 16 can submit a picture for the competition, however you are never too old or too young to colour it in!! Please post your finished coloured picture in at the Boniface Centre. The pictures will then be used as part of the Online Crib Service which will be aired at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve (24th December). The winning pictures will be published in the courier and also displayed (details still to be confirmed).  The link to the picture is below:

XTF Colouring Comp 2020

Christmas Card Competition

The Church of England’s Christmas theme this year is ‘Comfort and Joy’. For the competition please make a card encompassing what gives you ‘Comfort and Joy’. After judging, the cards will be delivered to care homes in and around Crediton and to those that are housebound. The winning cards will also be printed and published in the Courier and on the church’s social media. Depending on how many cards we have depends on how many people we can deliver to – it would be lovely to have one for everyone in Crediton. To enter please make your Christmas card no bigger than A5 and please write your name and contact details on the back. Please post your finished Christmas card in at the Boniface Centre.

Winning pictures and cards will be published in the Crediton Courier as well as uploaded to the Crediton Festivals Facebook page and Bishop Furry’s Facebook page and church website.
The closing date for submissions is Sunday 6th December. For any other queries please phone Stella on 07960 388198 or email creditontreefestival@gmail.com.
It is free to enter this competition and you can submit as many pictures or Christmas Cards as you like. Please feel free to share the competition and colouring outline with all your friends far and wide.

Contact

All enquiries about the Christmas Tree Festival should please be directed to Stella Stephens: creditontreefestival@gmail.com   or call 07960 388198‎