‘Tree of Life’

By bellmannews / December 10, 2019
Tree with red fruits still hanging - church in background

From Val Cadd, St James Church

OVER 15 years ago a tree was chosen in the garden/church yard of St James’ Church, Arbuthnott Street, Stonehaven, to decorate with baubles in memory of loved ones at Christmas who are no longer living.

The church places a basket of baubles at the back of the church from Saturday 14th December until Christmas and, this year for the first time, in the church hall during our Christmas coffee morning on the 14th.   

Along with the baubles there are marker pens for names to be written on the baubles before they are placed on the tree outside. 

The tree is for anybody and everybody of Stonehaven, the surrounding community and visitors to the town who would like to place a bauble on the tree in memory of their loved one.

The effect is very simple yet stunning and can be accessed from inside the garden/ church yard and from the street.  The baubles are taken down by 12th Night (6th January) and placed in the church for a short while because they can be collected and taken away if wished.

Plaque reads: At Christmas tide we decorate this tree in memory of those whome we love but see no longer.
''May they rest in peace and rise in glory''