The latest event in the Inishowen Methodist Churches’ fundraising campaign, to raise money for the rebuilding of their community hall in Moville, takes place this weekend.
The Methodist Churches’ in Moville will host their inaugural Christmas Tree Festival and Live Nativity in the Glacknadrummond Methodist Church near Culdaff beginning this Friday 8 December until Sunday 10 December.
The festival will kick on Friday morning at 10 am when local primary schools and crèches will take part in a Christmas musical programme.
Friday’s visiting hours for the public will be between 10am and 2pm and then later from 6pm to 9pm.
On Saturday, the exhibit’s eye catching displays and live crib are accessible from 10am to 9pm, and on Sunday it will run from 2pm until 5pm.
All through the weekend, local singers, choirs and musicians will be performing for those visiting.
The festival will then come to a close with a carol service at 7.30pm on Sunday evening. Although there is no entrance charge, the church is encouraging people to donate generously.
Schools, churches, businesses, community groups and individuals have contributed trees to the Festival.
Carolyn McKinney, a member of the fundraising committee said, “The response from the community has been fantastic. Local churches, businesses, community groups and schools have been really enthusiastic with their support and input. I would encourage people to come along to see the design and artistry on display—the effort and time put in by everyone has been overwhelming.”
The fundraising event is the latest this year as the church looks to rebuild the hall.
Methodist minister for Inishowen, Rev Alison Gallagher, said that although they had raised over €150,000 to date, their target of €350,000 still has to be reached.
She said, “Our vision is to rebuild a much needed new Methodist community hall that serves the whole community as well as the church. Situated in the centre of Moville, the hall is central to the town’s heartbeat and ideally placed to contribute to an inclusive community.”
As the church is located on the L5871 just off the Gleneely to Culdaff road (R238), festival organisers have asked people to drive with care due to the narrow roads accessing the church. On-site parking is available.
Further event information will be published on the Inishowen Methodist Churches’ Facebook page.
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