There was a real buzz around the hall as people gathered for the KAOS carol service, with many wearing festive jumpers – and Major Ian sporting a Christmas waistcoat.The Band opened the meeting with several Christmas tunes, including ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ and ‘When a Child is Born’, before everyone was warmly welcomed by Tracy Wood.
A time of Christmas prayer followed, led by Benji, Sam and Steve .
The singing company brought two items:
The junior (YP) band played two items: ‘Good King Wenceslas’ and ‘O Come all ye Faithful’,
As the offering was collected, there was a lovely rendition of ‘White Christmas’ played by Emma on the piano before Fiona prayed. Then we all sang “While Shepherds Watched’ to the tune of Cranbrook (On Ilkley Moor) played by the senior band.
After this, several mums from the mainly music parent and toddler group held at the hall were interviewed by Sue Willard (group leader) about their families’ Christmas celebrations and what Christmas means to them.
accompanied by handbells
The Singing Company then sang ‘Something Special’ before Tracy gave us a short Christmas message, based on a magical bag. Showing the bag, all decorated in Christmas colours of red, green and gold, she said that we all like to receive gifts but sometimes it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas – and God’s gift to us – when we’re all wrapped up in shopping and thinking about food. Tracy reminded us that Jesus was – and is – God’s present to a needy world. She then went on to recap the life of Jesus through the differing colours of the bag, which changed each time she turned it inside out. Green represented growth; Jesus grew in wisdom, strength and favour with God. Red reminded us that the adult Jesus taught and did miracles before being crucified. He gave his blood for all our sins. Gold represented the preciousness of God’s gift and reminds us that Jesus went to heaven to prepare a place for us. From within the bag, Tracy took a small wooden figure of the Christ-child, his arms open as if he’s giving us a hug. She reminded us that the story of Jesus is both a sad and happy story. Jesus was God’s gift to us and we pray that those in need will find Jesus for themselves.
Following Tracy’s message, the senior band played a medley of Christmas songs then led the congregation in the carol ‘Sweet Chiming Christmas Bells’. Next, there was a Powerpoint presentation, introduced by Rob Christie, showing all the activities of the Baden Powell sections which meet at the hall each week, then Kelsey (a member of the Singing Company) read ‘A Christmas Letter from Jesus’.
Our final carol, led by the band, was ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’. But the meeting was not over yet… To the music of ‘Jingle Bell Rock’, members of the leadership team, dressed as elderly persons complete with zimmer frames , ‘rocked’ around the platform, providing an amusing closing item, before Major Ian dismissed us all with a blessing.
It was an uplifting meeting, with contributions from many of our young people, reminding us again of all the different young people’s activities which occur weekly in our hall.
Thanks to Sue Willard for this report
& Peter Willard & Major Estelle Clack for the photographs
Our evening meeting was a Carols by Candlelight
Following the announcements by Tim Scott ( having a battle of the Waistcoats with Major Ian ), who reminded us that next Sunday their would only be a morning meeting.
Major Ian read
and we had our first Carol of the Evening
SASB 114 Light of the World
Tune 653 Here I am to Worship
At This time the Candles were all lit and we heard Scripture from Genesis 1: & Isaiah 9:2, 6-7:
We had our next Carol
SACB 11 Away in a Manger
Reading 1: Luke 2: 2-7 was by Joe Scott
following this we had our next Carol
SACB 65 O little Town of Bethlehem
and then we had a short Drama about Joseph’s Prayer, which looked at what Joseph might have said to God as he was outside the stable , awaiting the birth of Jesus . It was a very thought provoking piece with Tim Scott playing the part of Joseph . We all have similar questions of God , to those that Joseph had . We Question Gods Plan for us .. but we need to do what Joseph did and obey
We watched a music video “Joseph’s Song ” by Michael Card
The Band Message was ” Still Still Still , a German Carol
we then sang
SACB 46 It came upon a midnight clear (Willis)
and had the next Bible reading from Tony McClure
Reading 2 Luke 2:8-18
our next Carol was
SACB 105 While Shepherds Watched
Tune SACB 83 Sweet Chiming bells
Reading 3 Matthew 2:1-12
this was read by Lisa Davis followed by
SACB 102 When Wise men came seeking
Reading 4 What Child is this? (by General John Gowans ) was read by Major Judith Payne
followed by the singing of our Final Carol
SACB 49 Joy to the world the Lord is Come
Major Ian Pronounced the Benediction , and we were all invited to stay for refreshments and fellowship .It was a lovely evening and a chance to chat and catch up , in what is always a busy time.
Thank you to all who made worship possible today