Hearing brass instruments’ music reverberating off the walls of a small church is an amazing thing, organiser of Walton Community Church’s annual Christmas service and carols by candlelight says.
The event is on December 21 and starts at 7.15pm with the Matamata Brass Band playing traditional carols inside. There will then be an item from a Matamata ukulele group, chairwoman Angela Jones said. A short Christmas message will then follow from Juerg Maurer from St Andrews Presbyterian Church. ‘‘This is a light message to remember what the season is about.’’
Supper is after the service and then carols by candlelight starts at 8.30pm outside the church, or inside if wet. Candles and chairs are provided but you may bring your own (and a blanket if it’s a bit cold) if you would prefer. The Matamata Brass Band and the ukulele ladies lead this part, Angela said.
She invites everyone to join them at any time during the event. ‘‘Come to whatever you are comfortable with.
‘‘One of the reasons for this night is to get the community together.’’
It’s also great for the group that organises the event to see the 85-year-old church being used.
The carol service has been running for over 20 years.
Money from the offerings taken (there are two other church services during the year as well) goes towards maintenance of the church and to local charities.