Community pulls together to make room at the inn for outdoor Nativity scene

Community pulls together to make room at the inn for outdoor Nativity scene

3rd December 2018

St Peter Port Christmas Lights is proud to unveil its first outdoor Nativity scene in the heart of St Peter Port thanks to the financial support of the Skipton Community Fund and the contribution from local volunteers.

The scene is on display at outside the Town Church following a donation of £1,100.00 from the Skipton Community Fund to cover the cost of the installation. St Peter Port Christmas Lights has created a magical scene as part of the Christmas festivities thanks to the amazing artwork of local artist Rob Sweeney who designed the inn’s interior. Local volunteers also got behind the project, helping to adapt the shed for its new use. Installing lights, hand painted scenery and reinforcement.

The Dean of Guernsey, the Very Revd Tim Barker, and the Rector of St Peter Port, the Revd Matthew Barrett, say “Our organisation was thrilled to have the chance to have an outdoor Nativity scene on display for the public, following the relocation of the town’s Christmas tree. This will give us an opportunity to communicate the central message of the Christmas story and serve as a gentle reminder that the birth of Jesus ‘is the reason for the season’. We hope that the prominent location of the Nativity scene will touch the hearts of those who are going about their Christmas preparations in St Peter Port.”

Aaron Walden, Commercial Manager at Skipton International, said: “As mortgage providers we have helped a lot of islanders to buy homes over the years, but assisting to home the birth of Jesus is perhaps one of our biggest achievements yet! The Skipton Community Fund aims to provide financial support to those projects that will bring joy and benefit to the wide community, causes that perhaps wouldn’t normally receive funding or donations. The switching on of the Christmas lights is one of island’s historic traditions and one which we were happy to contribute towards, so that St Peter Port can have the addition of a lit Nativity scene, bringing the true spirit of Christmas to our High Street for all to enjoy.”

The Town Church plan to host a number of events and activities around the Nativity scene throughout the month of December, the first of which was a short blessing held on Sunday 2nd December at 12:15pm. For more details on further events please contact the Town Church direct on 720295.