The Christmas in Aberdeen programme continues next week when a blessing service for the nativity scene in St Nicholas Kirkyard takes place.

Reverend Stephen Taylor, the Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett and cllr Jennifer Stewart will welcome members of Aberdeen Churches Together and local school children for the service. It begins at 11am on Monday, December 3.

Reverend Taylor will lead the welcome followed by prayers and readings by Gabor Czàko, Lorna Glen and Shuna Dick following by a blessing from Anne Dyer and the benediction from John McNeill.

Popular Christmas Carols such as O Little Town of Bethlehem and Away in a Manger will be sung by pupils from Ferryhill Primary School, Hannover Street, Primary School, Holy Family, RC Primary School, St Margaret’s, Junior School, St Peter’s, RC Primary School, St Joseph’s RC Primary School and Robert Gordon’s College Junior School.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said: “The blessing of the nativity scene is always a wonderful occasion and an opportunity to take time out from such a busy time of year to focus on the meaning of the Christmas story and the spirit of joy and hope.”

Refreshments are provided in St Nicholas Kirk following the service.

The Nativity scene will be open daily, from dawn to dusk, until January 4, 2019.

The Christmas Crib Blessing Service is one of the programme of events being held during Christmas in Aberdeen. For further information visit .

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