MORE than 300 people, mostly families with younger children, attended the two Crib Services at All Saints Church, Penarth, on Christmas Eve.

Presented by adults and children from the All Saints Church congregation, this year's service featured Postman Pat delivering messages from God to Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the angels, the wise men and indeed the whole world!

All children attending were encouraged to play one of the roles in the Nativity story using a range of costumes, head dresses and props.

Lesley Cox, who creates and leads the All Saints Crib Service each year, said: "These services are so popular that overcrowding was becoming a problem and we were having to turn people away so since 2012 we have been holding two sessions, at 2pm and 4pm, which has enabled more families to share the true meaning of Christmas with their children as part of their Christmas celebrations." Rev Peter Cox welcomed everyone and gave a blessing at the end, and the service also featured both traditional carols and newer Christmas songs, accompanied by Nigel Lloyd-Latham on piano.

"We look forward to seeing everyone again next year," said Lesley.