Braunstone’s Community Carol Service – 5th December 2007

Blessed Sacrament Church on Gooding Avenue was ablaze – not with fire but with the spirit of Christmas! Supported by the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (whose Fireman Sam gave out paper hats before the service), the Braunstone Community Carol Service packed out the biggest church in Braunstone with some 300 people.

Photo: The church fills up before the service

The church fills up before the service

Fr John Joe Malony, parish priest of Blessed Sacrament, led the service. Two school choirs sang to us – from Caldecote Primary School and Winstanley Community College. And we had no fewer than four choirs from across the world – from the Philippines, Cameroon, Kerala (India) and Zimbabwe. Some of their singers had come to the UK to escape violence, so behind the beautiful and joyful singing were some heartbreaking stories.

The Christmas story was read from the Bible, by local heroes Keith Beaumont and Ann Glover, Professor Justin from Zimbabwe, Chief Fire Officer Dave Webb and Catherine Fields from Blessed Sacrament Church. A highlight was the prayers (introduced by Canon Chris Burch from St Peter’s Church, Woodshawe Rise) – everyone was invited to write or draw their prayer on a post-it, bring it up to the front and put it in a basket. Then the basket was placed on the altar, offering all the prayers to God.

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This entry is dated Monday, December 17th, 2007 at 3.03pm and is filed under News.

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