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Christmas 2020

posted 20 Dec 2020, 05:07 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 18 Apr 2021, 09:13 ]
This year brings a special challenge on how we can celebrate Christ's birth without the glorious music and carols that we all enjoy singing.  However, we have put some thought into it and have come up with solutions that we hope all will find acceptable.

Sunday 20 December at 6pm - Service of Lessons and Carols - where the singing will be performed by a group of four professional singers, augmented by prechosen volunteers from the congregation.  No mulled wine and mince pies (sorry!). 

Thursday 24 December at 4pm - Outdoor Carol Service - where ALL can sing followed by a procession into church to build up a crib scene.  The forecast is fine, but wrap up warm. 
The details are as follows:  
• The service will be done at the West end of the church, on the car park, and the grass behind the war memorial, and if necessary, on the grass along the South side. A PA system will be used, and there will be people leading the singing.

• There will be at least four marshals wearing high viz, to be on the edge and slow the traffic, and also watch out for wandering children.

• The service will have some “warming up” carols such as Jingle Bells as people arrive, before moving into the service proper. The Christmas story will be told, and the carols “Once in Royal David’s City”, “While shepherds watched”, “Silent Night” and “Oh come all ye faithful” sung.

• At this point people will be invited to make a procession through the church. At the bottom of the steps any who want to can pick up a candle. As people go into the church they will light the candle. Family groups will process down the church, and as they go children will be able to pick up a Crib figure, handing over the candle to an adult. They will then place the crib figure into the crib scene, which will be created at the top of the chancel steps. They will then go out through the South door. As this process will be slow, there will never be too many in the church.

• There will be some solo or small group carol singing in the church during this process, to keep the Christmas atmosphere.

• Anyone who placed an early figure can go round again and look at the complete scene!