St Agnes Christingle Service Goes Ahead Despite Weather

More than 60 islanders braved near gale-force nor’westerly squalls at Periglis early yesterday evening for the annual Christingle service at St Agnes Church.

Sea conditions prevented the Reverend Peter Walker from getting over from St Mary’s but the popular event went ahead despite this, with the church floodlit on the outside and candlelit inside.

Carols were introduced instead by island schoolteacher Lou Simmonds, while children helped distribute everyone’s Christingles.

Primary school pupils Xanthe Hicks and Jacob Burns read the lessons in the Reverend Walker’s absence and the service closed with the two of them leading younger children in a 30 minute song and dance presentation of the tale of The Little Fir Tree.

This lively production, punctuated by spirited applause from the pews, ended with the little tree witnessing the children performing a brief nativity play.

The evening itself concluded with the consumption of island-baked mince pies and Agnes-brewed mulled wine in the nave.


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