St Michael’s branches out – November 30th to Sunday December 2nd

The popular and very successful Christmas Tree Festival at St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church will be held this year from Friday, November 30, to Sunday, December 2, reader Dennis Abbott tells the Gazette.

As in previous years, organisations in Stone are invited to display a tree in the church and, as before, the take-up has been excellent. Beaver Scouts, Guides and Brownies, schools and organisations such as Stone Lions and Stone Revellers Musical Theatre are among the exhibitors.

There is a coffee morning on Saturday December 1, from 10am till noon with various stalls. Admission is free throughout the festival.

2018 is a significant year in the history of the church as iy celebrates 260 years of  worship in the present building.

There will be an illuminated model of the church building on display and the trees will remain in church until Twelfth Night on January 6.

As part of the 260th anniversary celebrations, there will be a reading of the whole of the New Testament on Tuesday, December 4, and Wednesday, December 5.

Members of the church read the whole of the Old Testament during Lent in February this year.