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Christmas Round-up 2013 1 Jan 2014 (All Saints' Church Braunston) It's been a very busy Advent and Christmas season this year.

We were off to a good start on December 1st with the Daventry Deanery Advent Carol Praise - a service with a difference, followed by traditional mulled wine and mince pies - as were most events this month!

The following day saw the popular Christingle Service at All Saints', attended by some very excited children who delighted in sharing candlelight in what became a most beautifully lit church once the evening drew in.  It goes without saying that the sweets on the Christingles were devoured without ceremony after the service!

Other services for the youngsters included a School Christmas Service at the Church on  the morning of the 18th, the final Worship On Wednesday service that afternoon, and a very well-attended crib service on Christmas Eve.

Peace At Lunchtime, a mid-week service usually held in the Parish Room, was held at the village hall on the 18th, attracting larger numbers than usual, and taking on a definitive festive atmosphere as carols were sung most heartily by all.  Efforts were rewarded with  a light lunch which included an overflowing abundance of puddings, much to everyone's delight!

Heading down the home strait, Saturday the 21st saw the Dunchurch Silver Band once again at All Saints' and provided a most entertaining evening of Christmas music and carols which was both well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

On Sunday, the traditional Nine Lessons in Carols took place in a beautifully decorated and candlelit church.  With most lovely singing from the choir, and the opportunity to join in the more well-known carols, it was the perfect setting to take some time out amid the distractions and busyness, and to quietly refocus and reflect on what the season is really all about before embarking on the week ahead.

Before we knew it, Christmas Eve was upon us, and the first Communion of Christmas was celebrated with great joy at the midnight service.  On Christmas Day many came along, including a number of visitors, and together celebrated in a family Communion service where Rev Sarah was most ably and sportingly assisted by her children (donning halos and angel wings!) in a more light-hearted but no less serious message about our Saviour.

But the community festivities did not end there - a traditional Christmas lunch was then hosted at the village hall, and much enjoyed by all who attended, including people from Braunston, Daventry, Willoughby and Weedon.

So that was Christmas 2013!  We would like to thank everybody who helped, contributed, took part, donated time, money and anything else which made all the above events the success that they were, and helped bring alive the real message of Christmas.

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