THE CHRISTMAS STORY in songs and music ensured a packed hall at the Lossiemouth Baptist Church over the last three nights.
For those fortunate enough to find seats for Sunday’s final performance of ‘Child of Wonder’ it proved to be every bit as special as in previous years, with both the choral and solo performances both surprising and delighting the audience.
Preparations for the Cantata involved local musicians and performers – almost all of whom are drawn from the Church members – who have been rehearsing since September.
Tickets were required for the opening night on Friday and again for Saturday’s performance – and for both the free briefs were quickly snapped up. No tickets were required for Sunday – and that made it a tight squeeze as again there was not a seat to be had, with many who had attended previous performances returning for a second helping of a stunning celebration of the Christmas message.
Pastor Rae MacKenzie told the final night audience: “It has been a truly fantastic three nights and we were delighted to see so many new faces in our audience as well as regulars to our Church.”
The Cantata this year raised funds for two local groups, the Ladybird Development Group and the Greyfriars Club.
The Church will be holding a Christmas Family Nativity service on Sunday, December 20 and there will be a Christmas Day service at 10.30am on December 25.
A new church is to open with its first service on Sunday, January 3 in Lossiemouth. The Moray Coast Baptist Church has been created on the premises of a former Dry Cleaning shop on Argyle Street in the town.
The church is led by Pastor Donald from Minnesota in the United States, who was the Assistant Pastor of the small Baptist church, which he served there for three years. Pastor Donald and his family earlier this year moved to Scotland and start an Independent Baptist Church in Lossiemouth – he and his wife Tabitha have four children – Harold, Katherine, Audrey and Lillian.