In 2020 St Mary’s Church, Marlborough organised a celebration of Christmas involving at least 1000 angels and a light and sound walk through to be enjoyed by the whole community. This year a 1000 stars will be created for a similar installation which will be open in the church from December 13 to January 6 from I pm to 7pm daily (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
Organiser Helen Stokes launched the initiative at Friday’s Christmas Lights event when passers-by were encouraged to have their ‘star’ photo taken. Participants are encouraged to decorate the reverse side of a large gold star which will then be part of the display in the church.
Helen told Marlborough.news, “Following the amazing success and joy created by the 1000 Angels during December 2020, St Mary’s Church has a new and exciting project for this year:1000 STARS FOR CHRISTMAS!
With the help of our community St Mary’s is going to be home to more than 1000 golden stars, decorated as each person chooses, to celebrate Christmas 2021. The three Wise Men followed the star to the birth place of Jesus, and like them, everyone is invited to journey through light and sound in the specially decorated church to the stable where Jesus was born.
This journey will explore the wonders of the universe along the way. We’re particularly pleased that this theme will build upon the fantastic recent Marlborough Dark Skies Festival which celebrated the magnificence of the skies above.
Stars for decoration at home are available in St Mary’s Church and local schools will receive their stars from late November. Everyone young or not so young is invited to take part!
The deadline for returning finished stars to the church is Friday December 3rd and
1000 Stars for Christmas will be officially opened on Sunday December 12th.”