St Marys Church Nantwich – Crib Service – carols booklet (1)

More than 1,400 people enjoyed the annual Crib Services at St Mary’s Church in Nantwich, writes Jonathan White.

This re-telling of the Christmas story was performed by a mixture of adults, young people and children at 2pm, 3.30pm and 5pm on Christmas Eve.

A raised stage and large projection screen meant the capacity congregation could easily view the service and sing the lyrics to the carols.

St Mary’s Church Associate Rector Rev Stephen Snelling encouraged all to join him in prayer.

Then people stood to sing various Christmas carols between each scene consisting of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘Silent Night’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’, ‘While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks’, ‘We Three Kings’, ‘Away in a Manger’.

The service was completed with a rousing ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’.

St Mary's Church Nantwich – Crib Service - Rev Stephen Snelling at the pulpit (1)

Rev Snelling said more than 400 people attended the church’s Midnight Mass service as families saw in the arrival of Christmas Day.

Associate Rector Rev Stephen Snelling invited everyone to attend the weekly services throughout the year at St Mary’s Church Nantwich.

For details of these services, visit

(pics by Jonathan White)

St Mary's Church Nantwich – Crib Service – stage area and screen

St Mary's Church Nantwich - frontage

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