Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Carols by Candlelight 2016

 As many of you may know, the Boys and I attend Church regularly. Religious choices aside, we are extremely lucky to be part of such a loving and supportive community.

Bobbing Church, Sittingbourne, is a very friendly and welcoming church to all that enter it. With the inclusion of family services and great activities for children they help connect to all ages. Within this community this year the Church has organised a variety of events that bring all members of the family together.
On Sunday we attended the Carols by Candlelight. As many of my friends know, I love singing as loudly as I can, possibly not in tune, and more so Christmas carols! In fact, it is a bit of a running joke at our church that my role is to sing loudly at the back to drown everyone else out ;)

With coloured candles lining the path in to the Church it really set the mood; even more so when you saw inside. The mix of colours shinning through the church was breath-taking to walk in and see and it helped set the mood for all.
The Church was packed and with that you looked around and saw friends, family and new people standing side by side with their silhouette highlighted by a flickering candle. Quiet, peaceful, reflect but warm; just being there brought joy.
There were readings from passages and verses intermittently with the Carols with a very small talk centralising to the meaning behind each passage just to bring you back to why we were there.
One of my favourite aspect is the moving nativity that is highlighted within the windows.

Religious or not, this time of year always brings the idea of being together with loved ones, family and friends, standing side by side with each other. The Carols by Candlelight always lifts me up in many ways. Classic carols sung by all and in such a beautiful setting.
With drinks, mince pies and other cakes at the end for all to enjoy it definitely gave that community spirit that is always needed this time of year.
Do you attend any Carol or Christingle Services leading up to Christmas? Is it important to you to go?

Oh and just to get you in the mood I have linked up 2 of my favourite carols from the night but sang by Kings College Choir!


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