Christmas Cribs 2019

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On Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December, treasured Christmas Cribs were brought to Huntingdon Methodist Church (HMC) in boxes and bags and baskets. Thanks HMC for hosting this. Cribs were brought by individuals, members of Methodist societies, local businesses and charities as well as from the Woodlands centre which is an 'Action for Children' centre.

Many thanks to all who carried their cribs to HMC. We were delighted to see cribs from all across the world including from countries in Africa and South America, from Russia, Europe and the UK. It was fascinating to see how many different materials had been used over the ages to portray the story of the birth of our Saviour. We have posted on our website a selection of the photos taken and hope that your favourite and your own crib is in our selection. Many apologies that a few have been left out as our photos of them were unfortunately not so good.

Amongst the over 100 visitors, people thought the most eye catching were the cribs made by young people, notably the cribs in folded paper, the cribs coloured in by the children of HMC and the crib made by the young people of Woodlands. Most intriguing were the tiniest cribs, one in a matchbox given as a gift to its owner, one in a velvet flower, one in just white and one in a tiny bottle. It seemed though the crib cake was most tempting, that afternoon, no-one thought we should cut it!

Several cribs had been given to their owner piece by piece over a number of years by a grandparent or aunt or uncle, perhaps to help children to focus on one aspect of the story at a time and perhaps to reflect the greater poverty of the immediate post war period when grandparents and other relatives could afford only a limited number of pieces at a time. Fortunately, in those days you could guarantee being able to buy from the same set the following year. That may not be the case today.

For those visitors who looked forward to refreshments on arrival or after viewing the cribs, a fine selection of mince pies and cakes had been provided by kind people from across the Circuit and we thank both the providers of the refreshments and the team at HMC who served them and cleared away afterwards. Thanks also to all who donated for 'Action for Children'. We raised £165.90.

The display of Christmas cribs was followed at 5pm by a Circuit service attended by 87 people from the Circuit and local churches. We enormously enjoyed the Sawtry band leading the singing of well known songs and hymns, the prayers led by Rev Nick Witham and the entertaining and challenging sermon given by the Rev James Bamber which explored the theme of waiting.

Our thanks to all for a lovely Sunday afternoon of amazement, challenge and worship.

To view a selection of pictures of the cribs please click on the 'Christmas Cribs 2019' link under 'Galleries'.

Pauline Zahner

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