What sort of carol service do you most enjoy or find most moving? This year many churches and schools have excelled themselves producing superb carol services to watch online. Here are some with St Mary’s connections that should not be missed.
If you can’t join the St Mary’s Nativity on Zoom (and if not, why not?!!), and even if you can, settle down with a cup of tea or glass of mulled wine and listen to these on your computer or TV.
Our Curate Phil has done sterling work bringing together a service, overcoming limited technology and expertise. Look our for local families, a variety of music styles, a famous actor and a top international speaker. Watch it here.
Pam Thomson’s daughter Claire used to be at St Mary’s. She teaches at Magdalen College School in Oxford and taught a band to ring tunes on handbells . They took part in the school’s service and you might be able to pick Claire out ringing the handbells with her pupils, the smallest of the group! If you appreciate superb choral singing in a traditional setting (and some less formal items especially at the end), this is one to watch. Watch it here.
Sarah and Luke Gillard were married at St Mary’s this year and took part in the Freedom Church Liverpool Carol Service. Watch the song Adore here (which Luke spent many hours editing) or the whole service here.
Finally, a personal favourite, with a more tenuous connection with St Mary’s, is one produced by The Light Church, Bradford. If you like football, or if you don’t normally go to church, don’t miss it. The stories are powerful and moving and the filming is broadcast quality (they have all the kit and lots of techie people!). It’s the home church for Jerry and Sue’s daughter (and Sarah’s sister) Jo and husband Elisha. Watch it here.