Sheffield church-goers have come up with a tree-mendous way of uniting their community while spreading festive cheer.
For the first time in its history, All Saints’ Church in Totley, is staging a Christmas tree festival, with a little help from those who work and live nearby.
The seasonal spectacle features 22 big, bushy fir trees, which line the church’s aisles, choir stalls and altar.
Each of the trees has been decorated by local businesses, groups, schools and organisations, with an array of different colours, trinkets and crafts.
Liz Hardie, event organiser, said: “Not only does the display look very Christmassy, it smells it too, as the church is full of fir trees.
“We had seen tree festivals done at other churches outside Sheffield and thought it would be nice to do one here to bring people in the community together, and for businesses to reflect what they do.
“The first 22 groups and businesses to register their interest were invited to decorate a tree and they’ve all put in a lot of effort.
“We provide the lights, but they have done all the rest – it looks very impressive.”
The trees, which can be seen in the church this weekend, include the festive efforts of all ages.
Guides, Cubs and Totley Primary School children have contributed, along with members of the Dore and Totley Luncheon Club.
Liz said: “Many of the children, in particular, have handmade decorations for their trees.
“The Guides picked a blue and yellow theme to match their uniform while Sunday School children made nativity decorations using toilet rolls.
“The businesses have been creative too. The hardware store’s tree features nuts and bolts and there is another that includes little outfits.”
The church will be open between 11am and 5pm today for visitors to enjoy the festive display, along with refreshments.
Tomorrow the festival will culminate with a special all age service at All Saints, starting at 10am, when people can discover the story of the three Christmas trees.
The festival is free to enter. Any donations will be given to the Grace Food Bank at Lowedges, Sheffield.