A homespun Christmas card has struck a chord in the parish of Hale with Badshot Lea where attendance at Christmas services has doubled on last year and reached the highest in living memory.
Along with many parishes across the diocese and country the parish has produced a card inviting parishioners to Christmas services. 5,500 cards have been printed and delivered and the Revd Lesley Crawley is thrilled by the response.
She said: "Across our three churches of St George's, St Mark's and St John's we have a wide spread of services from toddler crib services to Nine Lessons and carols and most things inbetween.
"We also used the card as an opportunity to remind people of when the churches are open and to draw their attention to the fact that all three churches are foodbank drop-off points.
"Of course the main aim is to wish everyone a happy Christmas and we have been delighted by the response. So far it looks like our Christmas services are double what they were last year and higher than anyone can remember."