“Carols and Cappuccinos” has become somewhat of a tradition here at St Nics. This year we once again turned away from all the glitter and hype that surrounds us in the festive season to focus on the true significance of Christmas. With simplicity and reverence we celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus, embracing the theme from the beautiful song “Shepherd of My Soul” by Martin Nystrom.
What a joyous occasion we had on Sunday 19th December as 118 parishioners, family and friends joined together for an evening of worship and Christmas fellowship.
We were led in traditional carols by our talented worship team and in between carols, our Advent candles were lit by some of our younger church members. We highlighted the humble shepherds who were first to witness the miracle unfolding in Bethlehem with Rev Jamie beautifully presenting his own version of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.
This was followed by a screening of the video “The Shepherd” from the makers of “The Chosen”. This gives a powerful message as it provides a realistic telling of Jesus’ birth in a stable and a focus on Christ as the “spotless lamb”. This video can be freely downloaded via the online App ‘the Chosen’ from your phone app provider. It is so worth watching!
Then it was time to enjoy mingling and chatting, a tasty sausage sizzle and cappuccinos with cake. We had ice creams for the children (and some young at heart adults). There were happy faces, laughter with lots of chatter and true fellowship shared and enjoyed by all. It was my second Christmas Carols with St Nics and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of it.
How blessed are we to be so free to celebrate? May this St Nics tradition of true worship and singing of carols with bonus cappuccinos and fellowship continue to bring joy and blessings to all. Wishing you peace and a happy and blessed Christmas this season.
Kate Tremble Communications Officer.