The part of the Carol Service most looked forward to is always the children’s involvement. Sheila Beswick was off duty for the first time in 20 years. Thanks are extended to her for all her sterling work in organising the Nativity part for so long – finding children, singers, costumes – and liaising on the script.
So what were we to do without her? Our Me, You and Breakfast 2 children (and their Mums and Dads) turned up trumps. The Carol service this year was all about the journeys made – by Mary and Joseph, by the shepherds and the animals, and the Wise men – plus angels from on high. So there was much ‘journeying’ around the church. We appealed for people to come in costume and take part – or as carol singers to lead the singing. We almost had a massed choir! Certainly enough for four part harmony… And Ellie Sharp was on hand to lead the singing of Away in a Manger, with the first verse solo. Well done, Ellie.
Another innovation was to have the children dress the tree before the service started, and with copious ‘audience’ participation, it all worked well. Finishing with mince pies and mulled wine, of course. And Sheila didn’t get away jobless, she was on hand to hand out costumes and help the children dress up! Some photos here.