The candles were lit, the lights were twinkling on the 30+ entries to the Christmas Tree Festival, the welcome was warm, and the scene was set for St Paul’s 2021 Carol Service. It began with a beautiful solo of the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City.
The Revd Jonathan Brewster led the service, opening with the familiar bidding prayer. Organist Charles Edmondson had rehearsed with an augmented choir, and both the singers and those who read the lessons, chosen to represent various parts of the church community, excelled.
After the final Blessing, Charles played Bach’s organ voluntary ‘In dulci jubilo’.
Afterwards fellowship was shared over a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie – sensitively and responsibly with due regard to Covid.