Re­con­nect through mu­sic

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

The fes­tive sound of car­ols will ring out in Ro­torua next week­end as peo­ple gather to cel­e­brate the fes­tive sea­son.

On De­cem­ber 9 a de­men­ti­afriendly Carol Ser­vice is be­ing held at the Sal­va­tion Army Church, on the cor­ner of Old Taupo¯ Rd and Hill­crest Ave, at 2.30pm.

This is an an­nual in­ter-church event and ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity is in­vited to join in and sing a se­lec­tion of car­ols.

Ro­torua Sal­va­tion Army corps of­fi­cer Ralph Over­bye says there will be a va­ri­ety of mostly tra­di­tional Christ­mas car­ols with a sprin­kling of more con­tem­po­rary songs.

“We will be gath­er­ing to sing Christ­mas car­ols as we re­mind peo­ple of the num­ber one rea­son for the sea­son — the ar­rival of Je­sus Christ into the world.”

He says mu­sic has a won­der­ful way of bring­ing peo­ple to­gether, as well as re­mind­ing peo­ple of cher­ished mem­o­ries.

“Peo­ple who suf­fer from de­men­tia are of­ten able to re­mem­ber and re­con­nect with mu­sic long after other mem­o­ries have faded.”

Ralph says the Sal­va­tion Army Church is look­ing for­ward to a spe­cial time of meet­ing and cel­e­brat­ing to­gether with those who are af­fected by de­men­tia, their care­givers and any­one else from the com­mu­nity who would like to join them.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion on the ser­vice call (07) 345 3221.

Photo / Sup­plied

Voices rang out at the De­men­tia-friendly Carol Ser­vice held last year.

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