Christmas at St Matthew's, 1907

The Christmas services at St. Matthew's Church were of a simple and yet festal character. The decorations were tasteful, though less elaborate than usual, the drought having spoiled the flowers, and the rain on Christmas Eve keeping many of the decorators away.

The early morning service was well attended, and more parishioners made their Christmas communion than in former years. The Rev. A. M. Johnson officiated at all the services, and preached on "The Prince of Peace" in the morning, and on "The Christmas Message" in the evening. Mr H. S. Claughton was at the organ at the services, and the hymns, etc., were well sung. In the evening the Sunday School children, with the help of some of the choir, rendered five carols very heartily and effectively. The lessons were read by Mr W. A. Fendall, with the exception of the first lesson in the evening, which was read by Mr A. E. Kees, Superintendent of the Sunday School.