Lockdown Christmas in Argyll – Iona
A group of us on Iona met in October to work out ways of ensuring that the island would have a joyous Christmas in spite of the covid restrictions. We devised a long-list of many plans, most of which came to fruition because there were many hands helping in the preparation.
My particular responsibility was to produce sets of four Advent stars for the Christmas tree, which were to be delivered to each household in an envelope that also contained an Advent message. The sets of stars would contain the four words: hope, peace, love and joy.
I approached craftspersons who were not church attenders but who were glad to support me when the cause was explained. We produced stars in glass, pottery, crochet and baked, then painted, cookie dough (two varieties are shown here).
This was the easy part of the task. Delivering them was a major work, as there are 100 households on Iona, 20 more than I had reckoned – but I managed to hand out several sets at the craft fair on November 28th, and finally gave some pocket money to a ‘delivery elf’ from the Primary School when time and energy ran out.
We have had an astonishing response of delight and gratitude from many of the recipients, and people have been pleased to tell me that the stars have been packed away for use in years to come.
I think it did the hearts of folk on the island more good than 100 sermons!