St Andrew’s Dawson Street, Crook LEP commenced the start of the Advent Season, the beginning of the church’s year, by showcasing a Winter Foliage Festival.
To reflect this season of moderation and restraint, foliage, which often forms the background, skeletal structure to many dazzling floral displays this time took centre stage with its variety of shapes and form, colours and textures of leaves.
The chapel was simply yet lavishly decorated by chapel members, friends and groups with seasonal plants and foliage in spectacular displays and arrangements. Many evergreen plants contributed to the palette of colours and textures of the displays – flora such as holly, ivy, yew, conifer, fern and box, eucalyptus and viburnum from garden shrubberies, hedges and undergrowth.
The pulpit, its staircases and communion area were decorated by red, white and pink poinsettias, a plant indigenous to Mexico and Central America – it derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico who introduced the plant into the United States in 1825. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas flora displays.
The Festival coincided with the lighting of the first Advent Candle during the Advent Sunday Morning Carol Service.
Later in Sunday afternoon the chapel hosted seasonal music performed by the Ferryhill Town Band and craft making stalls in the chapel hall – all part of the 2015 Winter Wonderland Crook Community Christmas Event.
And of course refreshments were on hand to keep at bay the rain and cold winter wind.
Minister: St Andrew’s Dawson Street