Christmas Tree Festival at Crinken Church, Shankill

On the first weekend in December 2015 our local church St James Church, Crinken,  held a Christmas Tree festival. As this is our parish church we decided to participate in the planning and organising of this event.

Christmas tree festival at Crinken Church

More than 40 trees were decorated by local schools, community groups, & businesses. From 6 foot natural fir trees, to sculpted ones made from books, tyres and other materials, each told, with a Bible Verse, a part of the Christmas story. The trees included the Shepherd’s Tree, the Journey Tree, the Good News Tree, & the Angel’s Tree.  It was a new way of retelling the Christmas Story in a unique & wonderful way that concluded the church’s 175th anniversary.

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We as First Aid For Everyone contributed by making up  our own tree which represented the hands that delivered baby Jesus. It was a joint effort that involved our children and a lot of fun.

Christmas tree by First Aid For Everyone

We offered our service for the 3 days to provide First Aid cover. As the festival started at 10am on Friday and didn’t finished till Sunday at 8pm we were very grateful for the help we received from volunteers from the Order of Malta as well as students from Loreto College Foxrock who received their First Aid training by us.

It was a truly amazing and magical experience for children as well as adults. Our church hoped for a few hundred visitors. Everybody involved in organising the event was blown away by the attendance. The final head count was over 5.000.

All the money raised will be go to fund the church’s “Storehouse”, which supplies people in need in the local community with food throughout the year.

We are very proud that we were part of this experience. Rumour has it that other churches in Dublin will “borrow” our church’s idea next year.