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Candlemas 2016 at St Paul's

 

We had planned to have the short afternoon service sitting in the choir stalls, but they soon filled up; then we brought in chairs and they were taken, and in the end we spread out into the pews in the main aisle!  A fantastic response to the poster invitation to ‘Cake and Candlemas’.   Over 60 Mums, Dads and grandparents arrived with 23 children.  Those children who had made lanterns at school the previous Thursday were keen to claim them and show them to their parents.

Andrew led the service, teaching us a Peruvian Gloria, Joyce told the story of Simeon and Anna, and Christine said the prayers.  The service ended with a long procession round the church, singing as we went, and with the children carrying their lanterns. 

Then  it was time for the cakes – and what a super array there was!  All agreed that it had been a great success.