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I meant to mention in my newsletter that The Royal School of church Music will hold their special Carol Service, tomorrow evening (Saturday 12th December) at 8.00pm CYPRUS time. Their publicity, which I received, today states the following:
Join us TOMORROW at 6.00pm (GMT) for The BIG Christmas Carol Service (together with the Churches Conservation Trust)
Bringing families and friends across the world together
This year, more than ever, with families separated and carol services not happening in their traditional form we are inviting singers, families, friends, churches and choirs worldwide to 'Sing for Christmas'.
We have some very special guests joining us for the Carol Service including:
HRH The Prince of Wales
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Rt Revd Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury)
Margaret Casely-Hayford CBE
Timothy Bentinck (‘David Archer')
There is still time to download the music here so that you can fully take part and sing using the music scores and individual backing tracks, before joining in live. You can also download the Order of Service for free here or by clicking here https://www.rscmshop.com/media/1714/big-carol-service-order-of-service.pdf OR by opening the attachment..
Do share with your families, friends and churches - let's bring some joy across the world together.
You can join on our YouTube channel here.
You can find the order of service attached and you can find and listen to the service by clicking here or by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80vdYMM-XZU
With our Carol Services, cancelled, this will be an opportunity to watch a very professional service and perhaps make up, just a little, for what you will be missing in the parish!
PS If you are a fan of Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith and his awesome ability to write hymns, do watch a 12 minute interview conducted by the Director of the Royal School of Church Music. Click here or here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si0KKX9eP-4&feature=youtu.be
I hope that you are able to enjoy this wonderful opportunity.
Best wishes and happy watching and singing!,
As you may already have heard or read, new regulations were published by the Cyprus Government, earlier in the day (attached). With regards to the parish, our churches are to remain closed until 31st December. So in addition to the fact that there will no Sunday worship, in-person in our churches, please note the following:
St Luke’s Carol Services – Saturday 12th December. Sadly, these Carol Services can no longer take place and are, therefore, cancelled.
The Combined Carol Service – Sunday 20th December at Stage One. In recognition that we would be in a confined public space, (meetings are not, now, to take place in such spaces) the Combined Carol Service is cancelled.
In addition, the advertised Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services cannot be held in our churches, as planned.
However, our Sunday Zoom Service will resume at 11.00am from this Sunday. Please make contact with Di Sylvester if you have not already registered for these services, in the past. If you have previously registered, there is no need to do anything further.
All of this is very disappointing especially as preparations had been completed for all three Carol services. So, it is important, now, to thank all who have contributed to putting together the St Luke’s services – most especially Bruce and Carole McCandlish who have taken the lead on the St Luke’s service. Thank you, as well, to those who have decorated St Luke’s and provided the refreshments.
Thanks, as well to Peter Sandwith for his very efficient help in getting us ready to use Stage One. Thanks, also to the choir who were due to practice, this afternoon, and were to put the final touches to the three carols that they were due to sing.
We will be holding Zoom services over Christmas Day (details to follow) as well as the Sundays before and after Christmas. I very much hope to see you over this period.
Meanwhile, I hope that you can still enjoy a somewhat strange and different Christmas, this year. Please let me know if you need help over this period.
With prayers and best wishes,