On Sunday 25th November children from all over Fareham crammed into the ‘Crafty Makery’, owned by Fareham Community Church’s Shane Davies, to make beautiful Victorian Christmas Lanterns. Meanwhile, across the road, our church cafe Imbizo was transformed into another lantern factory as volunteers from FCC and passers-by joined together in the mass lantern production. There was a wonderful atmosphere in Imbizo as we sang along to carols and drank coffee.
At dusk the children then processed with their glowing lanterns to the town centre where they met Father Christmas and watched the Christmas Lights Switch On.
Shane planned the Lantern Parade to symbolise Jesus, the Light of the World and also to help bring the community of West Street together.