Christmas Eve saw Northam’s St. Margaret’s Church hold a Covid-safe midnight Service to celebrate the birth of Christ and the culmination of the Advent season, writes Ray Goldsmith.
Reverend Sue Davies-Fletcher, assistant Curate at Diocese of Exeter, conducted the Christmas Communion service with Reverend Derek Arnold and accompaniment from a socially distanced ‘pop-up’ choir.
This year’s Covid restrictions meant the Church was not able to accommodate the usual one hundred plus congregation but advance reservations saw that the event was well attended despite the restrictions.
Alec McNeill works with the church and said, “We got the Christmas flag flying on the tower as I promised but not without drama because we had to take the flagpole down that morning to fit a new rope, which had snapped due to high winds.”
The service started at 11.30 pm accompanied by two of the Church bells chiming across Northam. Alec McNeill continued, ”Covid rules kept us on our toes this year but by persevering we still managed to hold our traditional midnight Communion Service. To comply with the rules we found two volunteer bell-ringers who live in the same bubble to do the honours, and they did a spectacular job.”
“Supported by volunteer Organist Noel Bevan, the “pop up” choir exceeded all expectations and, with the last minute discovery of a talented volunteer able to sing solo the opening verse of “Once in Royal David’s City”, proved the making of the occasion. Thank you to everyone who came and considering the safety of others throughout.”