Penistone, Sheffield S36 6DY
It is fast approaching that time of year where we look towards our annual group Christmas carol service. “Hurrah!” I hear you shout!
You will be pleased to hear we have listened to feedback from the last few years and we have made a few important changes to the format this year. This years’ service will be much more based around a traditional Christmas carol service with lots of ‘sing-along’ carols that we will all recognise and be able to join in with – especially all the young people! There will also be some yule tide readings from each of the youth sections. There will be a few announcements, but these will be kept to an absolute minimum.
In addition to moving towards a more traditional and fun Christmas carol service, we have recognised that for many of you attending, it has been difficult to find space to sit or stand in church because it is always so full. To help make more space for everyone this year, we are changing the seating positions for all the scouting sections. This will result in there being much more space for parents/guardians and family to find a seat in the rear pews, and more space available to the rear of the church. To this end, I would encourage you to bring along as many family members as would like to come along to join in with our Christmas celebration together.
As always, the service will be held at Penistone Church, and this year it will be on the 3rd December with doors opening at 6.15pm. Please aim to arrive at this time to ensure we are all safely and comfortably inside for when the service starts promptly at 6:30pm. The service is set to be approximately one hour.
After the service, we will be serving mince pies, tea/coffee and other refreshments towards the rear of the church, and simply asking for donations for these items. Any money raised from this will be going directly to the amazing charity work done by Ghana Outlook, where as a scout group we are helping to provide the 400 children in Kpalowongu with desks and chairs for their school, so they can have somewhere to sit and work in their classes; something they do not currently have. Whilst enjoying your refreshments, please remember to pick up a copy of our group’s Christmas Newsletter!
Please can I ask that you ensure your young person attends wearing their full scouting uniform; beyond this we would really encourage everyone attending [including mums and dads, grandmas and grandads etc] to get into the Christmas spirit by dressing up and adding as much Christmas decoration as they can. A set of fluffy reindeer antlers and tinsel are obviously obligatory! You never know, there may be a prize for the most Christmassy outfit in the offing.
There will also be a collection plate passed round at the service for the church, so if you could bring a few pennies along with you for that, it would be very much appreciated.
Merry Christmas, and we look forward to welcoming you at this year’s carol service.
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