Advent and Christmas are always busy times at St Giles’ and 2015’s celebrations were no exception!
Advent season sometimes gets a little forgotten about – and although many of us countdown to the big day using an Advent Calendar – what’s Advent all about? Thankfully St Giles’ Advent discussion group led by Angela Rayner were around to help. And in the evening of the first Sunday of Advent St Giles’ Choir led a ‘Words and Music for Advent’ service which featured music such as the centuries old ‘O’ Antiphons as well as the more modern ‘Linden Tree’ carol.
Throughout December St Giles’ was used by our local community – memorably we were visited by pupils from Lyndhurst Primary School who sang some fantastic Christmas music for their families and friends led ably by Head of Music, Avvon Chambers. St Giles’ was packed and everyone had the opportunity to have a singalong and enjoy some mince pies afterwards!
Our Christmas Carol Service this year involved not one, but two choirs – namely St Giles’ Choir and Camberwell Community Choir! It was a bit of a squash – but the choirs came together to make a beautiful – and loud – sound!
Finally on Christmas Eve, our Crib and Christingle service for young people was very popular and ‘Carols on the Merry Organ’ was a chance for people to have an hour off from the last minute Christmas shopping and enjoy Christmas music in a candlelit church.
We then celebrated Christmas in style at Midnight Mass and on Christmas morning. It all seems a long time ago now!
Wishing you a very happy 2016 from everyone at St Giles’ Church.