Maitland Mercury: Services Draw Strong Crowds for Christmas

Christmas Eve

The spiritual meaning of Christmas was not forgotten in the Hunter this year, with strong attendance numbers at services in Maitland, according to religious leaders.

Father David Battrick said attendance at St Peter’s Anglican Church in East Maitland was the highest since the early 1990s, with more than 800 people gathering during the Christmas period.

He said the Christmas Eve service was the church’s largest of the year, complete with nativity play featuring real animals. A midnight mass followed, along with two services on Christmas morning.

“We have been delighted to welcome hundreds of visitors of all ages this Christmas,” he said.

“We have experienced the highest attendance at services for many years and it was great to see people enjoying themselves in traditional Anglican worship in our beautiful building.”

Full article from the Maitland Mercury available here.