Scores of pupils from Tobermore Primary School were among the first visitors on the opening day of Kilcronaghan Parish Church’s ‘Unto Us a Child is Born’ Christmas Tree Festival, which aims to “capture the wonder of Christmas” in trees.

The Rector, Rev Rosie Diffin, and her husband, Ronnie, were on hand to greet the youngsters; their Principal, Mr Ian Cheevers; and the many other visitors who called to see the two dozen exhibits on display at the four-day festival.

Extending an open invitation to people in the south Derry area and further afield to come and visit the church, Rev Diffin said, “We hope that you will find this an exciting way to engage in the Good News of God’s rescue plan for this world.

“The Christmas Story, as recorded in the Gospels, speaks of a journey and the unfolding story of God’s love for each one of us. As you journey through the trees, it is my hope that you will be led in your hearts and minds unto Bethlehem — that place where the Christ Child was born.”

Throughout the four days of the festival, members of the parish team are serving scones, tray bakes, tea and coffee in the church hall, where some of the trees are on display, along with a number of quilts.

The Christmas Tree Festival is open from 11.00am-8.00pm Thursday to Saturday, and from 3.00-5.30pm on Sunday. There will be a Closing Service at half past six on Sunday evening.