Can­dle­light carols

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.

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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.

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