Photos: Holy Trinity’s Christmas Decorations

December 16, 2017

Holy Trinity Church has decorated for the Christmas season, with church members having worked on the intricate decorations since March, with a focus on using natural items such as agapanthus, magnolia seed pods, and pine cones.

“Last year, the idea of a natural Christmas was talked about among a few church members – we took the idea to Rev John Stow and they agreed to it,” a spokesperson told Bernews.

“A PowerPoint was compiled with our idea and pictures, plus samples to show the congregation. Starting in March, we met one night a month and after church once a month to make decorations. It started small and grew each month. We had simple decorations for the non-crafty person, through to the more complicated ones for the experts.

“The decorations on the tree were made from card stock, agapanthus, magnolia seed pods and pine cones. People were excited and some even took paper home to cut out and make the decorations. They would come to church on Sunday so excited handing over their completed decoration.

“The large bay grape wreaths were made one Sunday afternoon under the direction of Sally Gibbons, a church member. On another Sunday afternoon, Ronnie Chameau came and showed us how to make Banana Leaf angels and about 10 members made one each. She kindly made and donated our beautiful Banana Leaf Angel tree topper.”


“Last Saturday was the day to decorate the church. We were a bit nervous as this was a first and were we going to have enough decorations? Volunteers from the congregation arrived along with lots of greenery and dried foliage.

“The team got to work some did the tree others did the elaborate arrangements on the boards along the pews and others set about doing the pew ends [bay grape leaves rolled into cones and dried with greenery and berries place in each].

“In about three hours, the church was finished and everyone was so pleased, we even had tree decorations left over. On Sunday, the congregation were in awe of how beautiful the church looked, and it has even been discussed that it should be done next year.

“The Sunday school children also contributed by spray painting some agapanthus and making cardinals during Sunday school. It was decided that they would have their own special tree, and a branch was found that resembled a Christmas tree. It was hung upside down and decorated by some of them. Sally Gibbons and her team did an amazing job.”

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  1. Karen says:

    Beautiful decorations!

  2. Jennifer Fahnbulleh says:

    These are the most beautiful decorations I have ever seen using natural plant products. What a glorious and enchanting Church atmosphere! Christmas Blessings!