“From Darkness to Light”

posted 17 Dec 2015, 02:17 by Richard Jones

A large congregation thoroughly enjoyed and entered into the spirit of this truly special, joyous and memorable service marking the start of the Advent season.

The church was in darkness as the choir began singing and as they processed to the choir stalls, more and more of the candles were lit along the length of the centre aisle.  The service itself then flowed seamlessly through readings, hymns for the congregation to join in and singing by the choir.  The sequence of music from past to present accorded with the movement from darkness into light. 

We have not been attending St Mary’s for many years, but we were gladdened to see more members of the Mellor Choir than we have ever seen before and their singing really was exceptional.  All their hard work was rewarded by the response of the congregation: people from all three churches in the benefice spoke enthusiastically about how much they enjoyed all aspects of the service.  We owe a big thankyou to Noel for making the holders for the candles which gave so much atmosphere to the occasion and to all members of the choir for their joyful singing, especially Liz for the quality of her solo pieces.  The biggest thank you must go to Mike for his organisation and inspiration, as well as the quality of his playing of the organ.

Hopefully, this will become an annual event: if you missed it this year, make sure you don’t miss it next!

Jim and Sue

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