A FESTIVE charity event saw worshippers in Jarrow branching out to support their church.
The second annual Christmas tree festival was staged at Christ Church in Grange Road West, Jarrow.
Repairs to the church roof will cost more than £3,000, and parishioners staged the tree festival at the weekend to pay for the work.
The proceeds were split between the roof fund and Macmillan Nurses. Church warden Jackie Sandford said: “We had more than a dozen Christmas trees, and people were invited to sponsor a tree to boost the church roof fund and Macmillan Nurses.
“For example, some of my own family, from Northumberland, chose a country-style fir cone tree to sponsor.
“Our organist, Peter Kennedy, decorated the tree with various images, depicting the church organ.
“We also had a tree sponsored by those who support the African Mercy Ships appeal.”
Last year, the inaugural Christmas tree festival at the Jarrow town centre church raised around £300 for St Clare’s Hospice.
This year, Miss Sandford was hoping the second festival would raise a similar sum.
She added: “A few weeks ago, material fell from the roof on the north end of the church, nearest Grange Road West.
“This may have been caused by a build-up of material behind the church tower and the water has been getting through.
“I should think the final repair bill could be as much as £3,500, so the money from the Christmas tree festival will be useful.”
Christ Church, which has been a place of Christian worship since 1869, had its steeple repaired several years ago.