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Christmas Tree forest to light up St Mark's church hall

A Christmas Tree forest is expected to light up the hall at St Mark's Church this weekend, as the church hall is transformed with trees decorated by different groups and organisations associated with the church on South Road in Smith's.

It's the first time the church has attempted such an event and, according to Father Peter Green, church pastor: “It was something that used to be done in England.”

The opportunity was open to any group that wanted to participate, but, “we originally tried to start with (groups) local to the parish”, Fr Green shared.

Expected to feature trees are several church-based groups, including St Mark's Guild and the church's youth group, choir and Sunday School, as well as the Bermuda Diabetic Association, Bright Beginnings Nursery, Whitney Institute, the Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute, 1st Devonshire Brownies, St. Patrick's Guides, 22nd Bermuda Cub Scouts and the Botanical Gardens.

“It's a community event, so that everyone can get involved . . . A lot of the groups are doing the trees to their institutions.”

For example, the Brownies are expected to be doing their tree in yellow and brown.

What is truly impressive is that rather than using traditional cut Christmas trees, the church has arranged for Bermuda cedar trees, which can then be transplanted after the event. Many of the trees will be planted on the church grounds, while some of the groups will be taking their tree 'home' to be planted at their own property.

The event will run today and tomorrow from 10am to 6pm, with a bake sale running on the Saturday; entry is free. The Tree Festival will be concluded with a special 'Celebration of Christmas' service, beginning at 6.30pm on Sunday. Many of the groups involved in the tree decorating will also be participating in the service.

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Published December 11, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm)

Christmas Tree forest to light up St Mark's church hall

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