BEAUTIFUL hand-knitted angels are bringing festive cheer and good wishes to the community after being scattered around Uppermill for locals to find.
The unique initiative is run by Churches Together in Saddleworth and saw hundreds of angels placed around the village for passers-by to pick up and take home.
Each angel has been hand-knitted by various groups associated with the churches, and comes in a different colour and bearing a unique message.
Some of the messages include: “Give Love Away”, “Peace on Earth”, “God bless you”, “Bringing good news”, and “Blessings be with you.”
On the reserve of the card, the message reads: “Please take me, I’m free. Have a happy Christmas. From Churches Together in Saddleworth.”
Locals took to social media to express their delight after coming across the angels, posting their comments and pictures on Facebook.
Ang Brereton from Poppies Interiors posted: “How lovely are these. What a beautiful thing to do.”
Emma Barcroft said: “I found one of these angels sat on the pelican crossing, I love living in such a nice community.”
Karen Kirk wrote: “I found just this beautiful little angle on a wall in Uppermill. It is now sitting on my Christmas tree. Quite simply wonderful, thank you.”
Emma Basger posted: “So amazing! Made my day and my heart melt. So warming and lovely.”
Amanda Hannant commented: “Found this lovely angel near the Methodist Church this afternoon. So lovely of those who have taken the time to make these, my daughter loves it.”
And Susan Henthorn said: “Aww look what I found this morning! Thank you Churches Together in Saddleworth.”
Numerous angels were also delivered to businesses up and down the High Street for them to share with customers, with nothing expected in return.
The Saddleworth Independent, who has an office on the High Street, gladly received some of the angels and has used them to decorate their office Christmas tree.
There was also a display of the angels at Uppermill Methodist Church on Saturday, December 16 as part of Angel Fest celebrations.
The Christmas Angel scheme is carried out nationwide by churches to share God’s love and bless the community in public places and community spaces with a Christmas message.
In 2016, almost 50,000 angels were knitted by participating churches and it is anticipated that figure was topped this year.
Find out more, including downloading the knitting patterns and instructions, online: http://www.christmasangel.net