PATCHAM Methodist church staged its annual carols by candlelight service.
It was a very cold night but everyone soon warmed up with hot dogs and hot chocolate served in the coffee bar.
Last year the church had celebrated the carol service with the addition of a ‘live nativity’ which started off in the village and finished at the church.
This year the church decided to try to once more present a ‘live’ production but staging everything at church.
Caroline Dewar, who with Sheila Carey produced and directed last year’s nativity, took on directing three short dramatic pieces which were mimed according to the usual nativity readings.
Under the church’s musical director Chris Brooks, the 18-voice choir sang four Christmas carols harmonising between soprano, alto, tenor and base.
The choir also provided the descants for the congregational hymns and the seven-piece orchestra provided the musical accompaniment
The Nativity story was told via various readings.
Resident minister Rev Dermot Thornberry said: “It is becoming more and more urgent that we keep the Christmas message alive.
“Society is being buffeted in all directions and the Christian church needs to stand strong and secure in these troubled times.”
Source: The Argus