A tree, “Ol’ Henry”, at St. Peter’s First Community Church (SPFCC) in Huntington, has been adorned with lights and dozens of handmade snowflakes and hand painted candies.
Ol’ Henry is officially “Ol’ Henry the Christmas Tree.”
All are invited to make use of the tree for Christmas festivities, says Pastor Zen Hess, including but not limited to singing, dancing, fellowshipping, gift-giving, praying and playing.
SPFCC is hosting specific events around the tree throughout the 12 Days of Christmas, spanning from Christmas Day, Dec. 25 to Jan. 5, 2021.
The next event will be Jan. 5, at 5 p.m., with Christmas carols, prayers and readings.
However, folks are welcome at the tree to celebrate at any time. Hess says, “Every song sang around the tree is a bit of light in our neighborhood.”
The Ol’ Henry Hymnal can be found at spfcc.org/ol-henry.
Decorating the tree was a community effort, says Hess.
Ornament making was organized by Drovertown Arms and Brooks and Barb Fetters of The Huntington Bicycle Shop and The Purviance House Bed & Breakfast, respectively.
Joe and Rachel Zahm from Whimzy helped decorate and allowed their basement to be used as a workshop.
Matt and Sarah Wilcox of Apollo Caster Inc. and HomeCraft - The Art of Home sent homemade ornament ideas. And, Mike’s Tree Service trimmed Ol’ Henry, while Young Electric hung the first strand of lights.