(I am sorry about the delay in the posting of the subject of these next few blog posts-my blog has been down for a few days and it took a some time to get things back up and running. Technical stuff that I don’t understand. I will be having to find someone else to help me with the technicalities of my blog, as I am losing my tech person. I appreciate all the wonderful help that James Moelk at Soap Effects has been to me. But I am not sure where to go for that help. Any suggestions?)
Snaps of our 2016 Christmas Season
The 2016 Christmas season is now in the past, and I am sure it was a busy one for you as it was for us. But as we pass into the new year, I wanted to share some of the activities and photos of what Christmas was for us.
Traditionally, Christmas for us includes many programs, especially programs involving children.
One of the annual traditions is the Christmas program from the New Bethlehem Wesleyan Methodist School. The school children work hard for many weeks to prepare and to share with parents and loved ones. This program is scheduled as a district church event, so many of the local Wesleyan Methodist Churches attend. These area churches are also the ones that support the school, in money and volunteers, without which the school could not operate. This year the program was scheduled at our church, Cottage Hill.
(Forgive the poor photo quality-I forgot my camera and these were taken with my phone.)
The NBWMS Christmas Program
Many of the children are piano students, and there were a number of recital pieces, some painful, some delightful.
Sweet Kiera, playing her Christmas song.
An interesting 3 part piano piece by the Duvall sisters.
Four young students played a hand bell song for us-they did very good!
The Cottage Hill Church Children’s Program
Another annual event is the church children’s Christmas program.
We have such a great, fun group of children. They also practiced hard for their pieces. This was a simple program about the lights of Christmas.
We were treated to songs and memorized poems and scriptures.
Twins, Liberty and Charity, giving their welcome.
And little Lauren, saying thank you for coming to our program. It is interesting that there is no problem getting the little ones to speak when they are allowed to use the microphones! They love it.
A treat bag-chocolates from CharVal Chocolates in New Bethlehem-was shared with everyone who attended on this Sunday morning.
Aaron, our faithful sound man, keeps us on track.
Cottage Hill Christmas Cantata
An evening of music from our adult choir.
I thought that I would just leave this Facebook post as it is, names and all.
This is the only photo I have of the cantata.
For this song, the children joined us.
We have many wonderful singers in our church, and they love to sing. The harmony is beautiful to hear. Many months are spent, willingly, in practice. There is always the worry that with most of the adults in the church in the choir-who is left to hear us sing!? But there are always many who come.
And the children are watching how it all done….
What are the special things that you do every Christmas season?
And she shall bring forth a son;
and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins.