St Mary’s Church, Acton – Carol Service

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

A Carol Service took place at St Mary’s Church on Monks Lane in Acton near Nantwich in the late afternoon of Sunday 19th December 2021. The service was led by Rev Anne Lawson. The Christmas carols sung by the St Mary’s Church Choir and the congregation were ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’, ‘It Came Upon the Midnight Clear’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘While shepherds watched their flocks’, ‘As with Gladness Men of Old’, and ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’. The organist was Peter Foster. A collection was made towards church funds. Mulled wine and mince pies were served at the rear of the church after the Service.

There was also the opportunity to view the twenty-five Christmas trees inside the Church, which were each beautifully dressed to depict popular Christmas carols and songs. The trees were sponsored and decorated by parishioners, local societies, and local businesses. Whilst outdoors in the churchyard there was a Nativity scene, dozens of wooden stars and numerous trees were dressed in lights. A handmade garland was hung on each church door and the Almshouses were decorated with lights.

A representative from St Mary’s Church, Acton said: “This is always a lovely service. We sing Christmas carols because they are a way of telling the story of the nativity and the birth of Jesus Christ.”

Future events at St Mary’s Church, Acton:

  • Friday 24th December – Christmas Eve – 4:30pm Crib Service, 11:30pm Midnight Communion.
  • Saturday 25th December – Christmas Day – 11am Holy Communion.
  • ‘Tea at the Tower’ – run by church volunteers and takes place every Sunday afternoon (2:30-4:30pm) throughout the year. Hot drinks and cakes are available. Donations are gratefully received.

All the events raise valuable funds for St Mary’s Church, a Grade 1 listed building.

For further information please visit St Mary’s Church.