Virtual Carols!

On Monday 14th December we held our very popular Christmas Carol Service in collaboration with Wimbledon College, as with most things this year, this was held virtually.

Viewers enjoyed a 30min service via YouTube, complete with hymns; 'Away in a Manger' from UHS Year 7 Choir and 'Winter Canon' and 'Peace, Peace' from UHS Year 13 Choir. 'Adam Lay Ybounden', 'Gloria In Excelsis Deo' and 'Ding! Dong! Merrily on High' were sung by a selection of the Wimbledon College Choir. 

The opening prayer and blessing was said by Ms Waters; 

..In our celebrations, let us not forgot the poor and the lonely, the homeless, the sick and the bereaved, those with COVID and all those caring for them, those feeling poverty and persecution and in thought indeed share our riches with them.

The lord be with you, may you be blessed with the spirit of the season which is peace, gladness of the season which is hope, and the heart of the season which is love.

Readings / Bidding Prayers were from: Ellen, Leann, Veronica, Jermima, Maja, Clara, Nathan, Xavier, Santino, Archie, Harry and Angus.

The reflection from Mr Laing spoke of 'settling' - from the idea of the settling the Christmas tree-, (allowing 24 hours for the branches of the tree to drop, once potted, so that the decorations can be put on and we can be ready for Christmas).

Mr Laing commented that, we while we not going about our daily lives as we usually do, we have in a way been forced to pause and this has given us time to reflect on what is really important in life and of true value. As well as reflecting on what Christmas is really about- remembering the birth of Christ and of finding hope in difficult situations!

“Christmas is certainly going to be different this year, more challenging for many, if not all of us, we won't be able to see all of the people we love, we won't be able to do the things we normally do, but we can take that opportunity to settle, to take time and space to remember the gift of God's love, to open the doors of hope looking forward to the New Year.”

Mr Laing also commented that Pope Francis said in his latest letter;

“..we should place our hope in the hidden power of the seeds of goodness we sow, and the fruits of which will be reaped by others.”

Wimbledon College's rendition of 'Oh come all ye faithful' brought the service to a close.

We are pleased to announce our annual service collection went virtual as well this year, with over £1000 raised for 'The Passage' charity- fantastic news!

The Passage