Sunday 25 December 2011: I'm Gonna Tell You A Story
The Christmas crib service in St Mary's Church, Lawford was a very popular event, attracting less than a handful under 300 people to hear the story of the season and sing along in the gospel style. The vicar, Simon Heron confidently claimed the building comfortably accommodates less than half that number!! It was cosy to say the least.
The service, designed for children saw many of them participating by dressing up as sheep and shepherds and of course three very shiny crowned kings. It was well enjoyed by many.
Now I might be the wrong side of 40, and possibly careering towards grumpy old man territory, so forgive me this short rant if you will. I was brought up to show respect for others, indeed it has been a theme prominent in our local primary school this past term. But really parents, take a look at yourselves. Allowing your children to climb over the chairs, fully shod and you chatting right the way through the service shows a level of disregard for the vicar and the rest of the congregation unbefitting both the venue and the season.
In spite of this, the vicar and his helpers continued valiantly through the nativity, in search of gifts for the baby at Pound Saviour, in search of keepers of sheep at Marks and Shepherds and a bright shining star at yes Starbucks.
Let Christmas begin!!