Last January, the Williamsburg United Methodist Women decided to spruce up the church’s Christmas decorations.
New garlands and a Christmas tree were purchased, along with ribbon for new bows and swags for the windows. The most time-consuming project was making new Chrismons for the tree. Kits were ordered and members held a work day to begin making the beaded ornaments and painting the wooden ones that were purchased.
A large group turned out to learn a new craft. After looking over the directions and seeing bags and bags of hundreds of beads of all shapes and sizes, the group immediately knew it needed help from above. Prayers were lifted asking God’s guidance as the project began.
Beads were counted, strung, removed, replaced and chased all over the fellowship hall floor. It took a while, but finally the collection of Chrismons was complete and placed in storage until the time arrived to put them on the tree.
Another project involved selling hand-made ceramic angels in honor or memory of loved ones. Funds raised will go towards UMW mission projects. The angels were designed and made by one of the UMW members.
On Nov. 26, Williamsburg UMC held its first “Hanging of the Greens” service. Church members participated in placing the greens, reading and singing. The UMW members hung the Chrismons on the tree, and those who purchased angels hung them as well.
The church views the tree as an answered prayer because it would have never been completed without God’s guidance.