All religious fellowships develop their own unique traditions. The Newcastle Unitarian Church’s include our Christmas Miscellany. Many thanks to Maurice Large for providing the information included here.
The Christmas Miscellany Service
The two Miscellany Services are regular fixtures of the church calendar, occurring at Christmas and Spring. They arose as a practical solution to the problem of being a church with no permanent minister, and thus having to find a way to ensure we had a service during two times of the year (Christmas and Easter) when booking someone to lead worship can be somewhat challenging!
More importantly, as a service in which everyone brings something to share, they enable all members and regular attendees of the congregation to take part in our service at Christmas. A member of the management committee will take responsibility for co-ordinating the service, choosing the hymns, and setting the running order.
Everyone is invited in advance to contribute a Christmas- or winter- themed song, poem, story, reading, article, or piece of music. In the past we have had everything from wassailing songs to banjo music to Northern clog dancing!