Clitheroe Methodist Circuit


Nativity 2015

A variety of international Christmas traditions were celebrated at Trinity Methodist Church when children from the Treasure Seekers group presented their annual nativity play, 'Children of the World', directed by Jean Robinson. 

The production used stories, song and dance to share the customs of youngsters in Poland, Malawi, Ireland, USA, China and Australia though a Christmas journey led by Gabriel and a host of other angel characters.  Trinity Nativity

This was the first time a children's nativity had been presented in Trinity's new community hub building since the extensive refurbishment was completed earlier this year. Once again, there was a packed congregation including many visitors and guests as members of the church celebrated the season by inviting family and friends to share in the advent worship. 

Minister of Trinity Methodist Church, Reverend Ian Humphreys thanked everyone taking part on stage and behind the scenes for their hard work. He also encouraged everybody to come to the short 9.30am service on Christmas day when the children have been invited to bring along one toy each to show.

"Joy to the World"

Performers and audience members braved unprecedented rain and floods for Clitheroe Christians in Partnership’s annual 'Joy to the World' concert at Trinity Methodist Church and Community Hub on Sunday 13 December. This was the first such concert in the newly refurbished building since the church reopened as a multi-purpose venue early this year after extensive development and, filled to capacity, it proved the ideal venue.

Organiser, Steuart Kellington conducted The Ribble Valley choir and an orchestra of local musicians with a host of talented performers for a celebration of Christmas with traditional and modern carols, drama, poetry, and dance. Trinity Joy to the World 2

This year’s programme included ancient and modern material from a 19th century reading by James Russel Lowell to the Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber composition, ‘Sing’ written to celebrate the Queen’s diamond Jubilee. Traditional congregational carols included 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' and 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing'.

Chair of Clitheroe Christians in Partnership, Nigel Rix thanked Steuart Kellington and his wife, Anita for their time and efforts in organisation such a wonderful evening. He said that the ensemble piece arranged by Michael Clawson bringing together ‘The First Noel’ and 'Pachebel’s Canon' was ‘soul enhancing’. 

Reverend Ian Humphreys, Minister of Trinity Methodist Church said that through music, dance and drama connections are made that words alone cannot make. He thanked everyone for taking part in the concert for helping to share the message of Christ’s redeeming love at Christmas.

Said Steuart, 'The concert marked the beginning of Christmas for me! It was a wonderful experience conducting the Trinity Joy to the Worldchoir and orchestra for some of my favourite Christmas music.  Conducting 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' at the end of the concert with such enthusiastic singing from the choir and the capacity audience was thrilling!'

Ribble Valley Mayor, Councillor Bridget Hilton and the Mayor of Clitheroe, Councillor Susan Knox and her consort, Alan Knox were in attendance. A retiring collection was taken for Christian Aid with special reference to the plight of the refugees in the Middle East - £818.62 was raised - a magnificent sum!