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Light of the world

02 January 2015

THE parish church in the village of Hope, in St Asaph diocese, made sure that the Christmas story would be a talking point in the village this year. Outside the church, they set up a life-size illuminated nativity scene that no one could miss.

The celebration began on Advent Sunday, when they held a special "Christmas Starts" service in the church led by the Rector, the Revd Adam Pawley. After singing the first carols of the season, the congregation adjourned to the Red Lion for the lights to be switched on.

A couple dressed as Mary and Joseph made their way to the life-size stable outside the church, before more carols were sung outside the pub. The Community Council had provided the lights for the centre of Hope, hanging them in the churchyard trees and outside the Red and White Lion inns. Meanwhile, a floating angel above the stable was also lit up.

"The response and enthusiasm from the community was brilliant," Mr Pawley said. "The event and lights have become a major talking-point. What a superb start to Advent and the Christmas season, celebrating 'Christmas starts with Christ'. It has come together so well, I can't wait until next year."

Councillor Ian Sumptor, who arranged for the lights, and who constructed the life-size crib and angel, agreed: "An event has been created that will become part of the village's Christmas celebrations for many years to come."

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