London: For the first time ever Chigwell Row a small village in Chigwell has large public Christmas lights thanks to the efforts of British Asian Christian Association's teenage volunteer, Hannah Chowdhry.
The lights were purchased and gifted to All Saints Church and put up by local volunteers, though Hannah and her friends also helped with installation and planning of the community launch day event, that was attended by over 100 socially-distanced people.
One of the main features of the lights is a beautiful star that sits on the top of a tower flag mast pf the church. This was lit on the first day of advent and was introduced to a loud ringing of the church bells calling people to follow the star to Jesus. This video was shared at 4.30pm on a locall community chat group to let Chigwell people know about the star and the start of advent:
Sure enough by the full launch of the nativity and lights at the church grounds on 6th December 2020, many people had followed the glowing star to a wonderful event, receiving pre-packed mince-pies, fairy cakes with icing, mulled wine, tea or coffee as a gift for their efforts. People were also welcomed to Christmas Carols and a craft stall.
Hannah Chowdhry, said:
"After our Jesus was beheaded in Ilford two years ago I wanted to restart the BACA nativity project in Chigwell.
"People really took to the idea and it became a very large and exciting event for the local community.
"Themes for the lights were strictly Biblical and people got to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
"With COVID-19 destroying so many aspects of Christmas it wa great to be part of the fight back.
"Jesus is my biggest hope against COVID-19 and having Him back as the focu for a Chigwell Christmas was really special."
British Asian Christian Association, will be feeding Homeless people across Redbridge during Christmas but we cannot do this without your help.