On my way to Byrness, I took the opportunity to visit parishioners who live rather off the beaten track.
At Byrness we met Otterburn First School children off the bus
and walked to St Francis' Church
where they admired the altar frontal made in the village by local people.
St Francis (in his brown monk's habit standing under the tree in the embroidered altar frontal) is famous for
treating all living crreatures as his brothers and sisters, even on one occasion preaching to the birds -- as you can see in this scene.
The children prepared bird food (fat balls and peanuts) in church
before going outside to hang them on the Christmas tree.
A quiz and treasure hunt inside the church (which included spotting features of the stained glass memorial window to workers who died constructing Catcleugh Reservoir) was followed by tea in the village hall.