Ever­green car­ols

Seymour Telegraph - - YOUR LOCAL DINING GUIDE -

In the 1980s the small town of Avenel had a strong ec­u­meni­cal move­ment among the three churches — St Paul’s Angli­can, St Mary’s Catholic and Avenel Unit­ing church — and they formed a tra­di­tion of con­duct­ing an Ad­vent Car­ols evening.

This year, the car­ols were held in the newly ren­o­vated Avenel me­mo­rial hall, and the evening was de­voted to ever­green Christ­mas car­ols and Bible read­ings per­ti­nent to the mean­ing of Christ­mas.

The lessons on Sun­day night were Bible based from St Luke’s Gospel and spoke about the com­ing and birth of Je­sus Christ.

The ever­green car­ols blended with the read­ings to tell the Christ­mas story and what it still means, 2000 years later.

The car­ols have been at­tended by tal­ented mu­si­cians, or­gan­ists and singers for many years, and they all came to the fore on Sun­day as they spread Christ­mas spirit at their an­nual singalong.

Deb Roper led the car­ols evening’s pro­gram with Peter Smith, Helen Eas­ton and Bev Rat­ten mak­ing up the lead singing four­some.

The Avenel and District Singers, led by Lyn Brad­bury, per­formed two Aus­tralian car­ols and the 15th Cen­tury Coventry carol.

Cel­list Winifred Peart de­lighted the au­di­ence with her Christ­mas med­ley.

But the ones who stole the show were the de­light­ful chil­dren who took part — play­ing mu­sic, drum­ming, singing, and read­ing the Nativity story from the an­i­mals’ point of view.

Do­nated gifts were laid near the Christ­mas tree and small manger set­ting for peo­ple in need.

The Avenel Singers gave a mu­si­cal ren­di­tion of the Ir­ish Bless­ing and the evening fin­ished with a happy ver­sion of Felice Navi­dad by the two vo­cal groups and tal­ented band of mu­si­cians, with the com­mu­nity join­ing in with gusto.

— Diane Grant

De­light­ful: Carol singers, mu­si­cians and chil­dren per­formed in the Avenel Me­mo­rial Hall on Sun­day.

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