CANDLELIT CAROLS 2016
One of the highlights of the year for Grace Church Leith is our Candlelit Carols service, and this year proved no different.
Around 170 people came together in Leith on Sunday 18th December to sing carols and hear the Christmas message, as the story of Jesus’ birth was read throughout the service.
Our minister Athole gave a talk on the message of Christmas, looking at the angels’ song to a group of shepherds who left their sheep to visit the newly-born Jesus. Athole highlighted specifically three things that we learn from their song: that the Christmas message is a message for anyone, that it’s a message of peace, and a message that brings an end to fear. This presented a good opportunity for folk who hadn’t ever heard the Christian message to consider the good news about Jesus for themselves.
The children’s nativity was a rare treat, and special effort was made to include any children wanting to be involved on the day. Around forty children came and enjoyed hearing the Christmas story and doing other activities during the service.
Mulled wine and mince pies were served after the final carol and many people stayed to enjoy meeting neighbours and friends in the warm, candlelit room. It was a great atmosphere and a real joy to spend time with so many friends and visitors to celebrate Christmas as a church.
We were especially thankful this year to have use of a larger venue to accommodate for our largest service of the year, and thankful as ever to everyone who made it such a special service.
Our next service will be our Christmas Eve family service, 6:30pm at YMCA Leith. We’d love to see you there!