Oh Holy Night - an exquisite Carol Service in Bethesda
NIEU-BETHESDA — The yearly ‘Kerssangdiens’ at the Nieu-bethesda NG church was a beautiful evening that was thoroughly enjoyed by the 170 people who attended.
Organiser Nelda Pienaar arranged a traditional nativity with real Karoo lambs and Jacob van Staden’s donkey, Fiela who behaved impeccably during rehearsals.
The moment became too big for Fiela on the evening, however, and she stubbornly decided that it was far more important to welcome people to the service OUTSIDE the church, leaving Mary to walk sans donkey to the Nativity Scene! The antique gas lamps were lit during the service while the NG Graaff-reinet choir and Phillip Olifant’s choir added to the musical glory of the evening. Bethesda’s own three tenors, Sakkie Retief, Boetie Pienaar and Phillip Olifant lifted the roof with their incredible voices.
This unique celebration of the birth of Christ is one of the special traditions that Nieubethesda offers, and this year’s Carol Service was certainly one to remember. The yearly ‘Kerssangdiens’ at the Nieu-bethesda NG church was a beautiful evening