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SALVATION ARMY MUSIC FOR THE CHURCH CAROL SERVICE


The congregation have just assembled and after an introduction from our Vicar
the Revd Sharon Miles, are singing the first carol

For a number of years the Clacton-on-Sea branch of the Salvation Army has joined a congregation here in the Parish Church, providing music for the annual carol service. This year notwithstanding a cold but clear evening outside, so many people crowded into the Church that the emergency stock of folding chairs had to be set up around the church to satisfy the numbers.
For Revd Sharon this was her second Christmas here, as she was appointed ¡¥Priest in Charge¡¦ on 25th November last year, so on Christmas Day she will have been tending the needs of St Osyth for exactly thirteen months.
After the first carol members of the congregation were asked to chose their favourite carol, which the Salvation Army then played for all to sing.


Here one can see the band in the centre of the Church, surrounded by the congregation.

To the left Sonia Grantham, one of our two Churchwardens, sits to read a supposedly genuine letter from a lady, mildly protesting about being sent all those persons and objects referred to in the Carol ¡¥The Twelve Days of Christmas¡¦, sent presumably from a man friend?
Sections of this were read at intervals during the evening between the chosen carols.


Stephanie Smith, President of St Osyth Women¡¦s Institute, reads an amusing story.


Sonia Grantham, who is also Parish Council Chairman, continued her reading.


Revd. Sharon joined with the Bandmaster to urge a maximum contribution to the Collection, the whole of which would be used for the Christmas work of the Salvation Army, offering helping to the less fortunate


Sharon Miles read a few notices and spoke of the success of the evening. She invited all who wanted to remain, to have tea or coffee in the meeting room. She then gave the congregation her General Blessing.

The four ¡¥square pictures¡¦ above were taken from the back of the Church, hence the poor quality, but the activity deserved reporting, so they have been used.
The service started at 7 p.m. and lasted for about an hour and a half.
Mince pies, cake and biscuits followed in the meeting room.

You will note in the top left of the picture above taken at the conclusion of the service, a screen on the altar displaying a Christmas Wreath, one of sixteen such wreaths that the Women¡¦s Institute had hoped to display on a loop, one after the other continuously throughout the service. These wreaths emanated from a display held by the W.I. on 3rd December in the Church. Historically a Christmas Wreath is an assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs and/or various materials that is constructed to resemble a ring. They have been used for many hundreds of years typically as Christmas decorations to celebrate the birth of Christ. These must not be confused with Advent Wreaths.
Neil Williams had prepared the display for the W.I. but for some reason it was not shown during the carols and was only seen before the service began or after it had finished (as above) I think this was quite unfortunate, as many people did not see this particular celebration of the Birth of Christ

M.J.T.
21/12/11


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