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Preparation for the festival
To celebrate the beginning of Advent we are holding a Christmas Tree Festival from 1st – 3rd December in our beautiful 17th century Church. The aim of the Festival is to create a wonderful Christmas scene in the church and bring our community together in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
All the trees will be supplied, decorated or sponsored by church groups, local primary schools, local organisations or by local businesses. We would like to thank you all for agreeing to take part and helping make this first Killyleagh Christmas Tree Festival a success.
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We would like to thank our generous sponsors for enabling us to provide free entry into the event as well as providing everyone with a soft drink and something to nibble on. We are asking for donations and whatever we receive will be divided equally between Daisy Lodge, a cancer respite centre for children in Newcastle and our church funds. Our major sponsor is the Henderson Group but we could not have put on such a fantastic festival without the support of businesses such as Killyleagh Box Company, The Down Recorder, Northern Ireland Plastics, McCloys Building Supplies, Mervyn Kirk Excavation & Groundworks, K Krafts, Beth Barrets, Sacred Magpie, Marcus McVeigh, Councilor Terry Andrews, Roderick Downer, Connie Kelly, Alison Henry and Sam & Susan Bennett.
During the festival there will be a number of musical items and for the children an interactive nativity story, an advent hunt and a nativity hunt spread over the 3 days. We would like to thank all the musicians for taking part, as well as the organisers of these events.
The festival will open with the combined choirs of St Mary’s Primary, Killyleagh Integrated Primary and Cedar Integrated Primary at 10am on 1st December. The church is likely to be full of children and parents during the service. Viewing of the trees will not be available until 11:15
The festival will close with a service of prize giving at 5pm on Sunday 3rd. This service will be led by the Rev. Adrian Dorrian who will be supported by the choirs of the Parish and Presbyterian Churches.
In order to make sure the festival is a safe, welcoming and successful event for everyone, we are asking for volunteers to be in the church throughout the festival weekend to act as guides and greeters, or to help with refreshments etc. If you can spare an hour (or more), please contact Christine on 075 9600 7590, Esther on 077 3031 6735, Tracey on 075 1116 4282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org