Thank you for taking part in #onlinecarols! Merry Christmas! – you can still watch the whole service from beginning to end whenever you like!

A huge thank you to all the fabulous participants in this service and the people who helped in the background – in particular James Thomas (@rightsaidjames) and Sister Catherine (@digitalnun). And thank you to YOU for dropping by! 

I hope we managed to reach our aims of helping people to celebrate online the good news of Christ’s coming, supporting people who for whatever reason couldn’t get to a church service this year and showing how new media can be used in worship.

I’ve been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and creativity in this service and I hope it’s inspired you this Christmas season.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Bryony (@vahva) – service organiser

If you are arriving here wanting to see the service all the way through, here is the order of service with links to each section:

1.   Once in Royal David’s City – Hannah Johnson (@girltaristhan)

2.   Opening Prayer – Rev Pam Smith (@revpamsmith)

3.   First lesson: Genesis 3:8-15; 17-19 – Dave Roberts (@emptybelly)

4.   Angels from the realms of glory – Richard Melling (@rmelling1)

5.   Second lesson: Genesis 22: 15-18 – Helen Nicholls (@hels_bels_1)

6.   Unto us a boy is born – Richard Littledale (@richardlittleda)

7.   Bonus carol: Joy to the World – Zoe (@zoesstuff)

8.   Third lesson: Isaiah 9: 2; 6-7 – Anna Blanch (@goannatree)

9.   Hark the Herald Angels Sing – London Gallery Quire 

10.     Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11:1-3a; 4a; 6-9 – David Wynd (@phoce)

11.     Beautiful Night – Graham Richards (@grahamrichards)

12.     Fifth lesson: Luke 1: 26-35 – Karin Rosner (@karinrosner)

13.     Silent Night – Will Taylor (@bigdaddywhale)

14.     Sixth lesson: Luke 2:1; 3-7 – Bex Lewis (@drbexl)

15.     Infant holy, infant lowly – Kathryn Rose (@artsyhonker)

16.     Seventh lesson: Luke 2:8-16 – James Prescott (@jamesprescott77)

17.     God rest ye merry gentlemen – Robb Sutherland (@changingworship)

18.     Eighth lesson: Matthew 2:1-2 – James Robinson (@noahsapprentice)

19.     O come all ye faithful – Lorraine Wall-Jones (@loozeta)

20.     Ninth lesson: John 1:1-14 – Bryony Taylor (@vahva)

21.     Closing prayer – Naomi Oates (@naomioates)

22.     Blessing – Rev Pam Smith (@revpamsmith)

23.     Retiring Collection – help us to support Shooting Star Children’s Hospice


23. The Collection: Support Shooting Star Children’s Hospice by buying the #littleststar book by @richardlittleda and illustrated by @noahsapprentice

Our online carol service has been a true collaboration of people from around the world. Two of the people that took part in the carol service, Richard Littledale and James Robinson (who also designed our lovely angel avatar) were involved in another collaborative project this December.

You can read how Richard’s story ‘The Littlest Star’ became a published book in just one week on the Big Bible site here.

The book is being sold in aid of Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice and since this book was also the result of online collaboration and prayer we wanted to encourage all of you who have taken part in this service to consider buying this book. 

You can purchase the book here for just £6.56 with 100% of the proceeds going to the hospice. A great gift for children this Christmas in more ways than one:


After all, it wouldn’t be a church service without a collection would it?

God bless you as you give and receive this Christmas.

20. Ninth lesson: John 1:1-14 read by @vahva (Bryony Taylor) – video format #onlinecarols


John 1:1-14 (NIV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.

He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.

He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him.

He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.







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19. O Come All Ye Faithful – performed by @loozeta (Lorraine Wall-Jones) and Exodus Youth Group, Holy Trinity, Ripon #onlinecarols

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Lead by Megan Wall-Jones and Katie Grimes, with Exodus Youth Group Holy Trinity Ripon.

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.
True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal,
Lo, He abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Son of the Father, begotten, not created;
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

18. Eighth lesson: Matthew 2 v1-12 – read by @noahsapprentice (James Robinson) – video and illustration #onlinecarols

Magi visit the Messiah 


Matthew 2:1-12

New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

The Visit of the Magi

 1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem

    2 and asked, Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.

    3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.

    4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.

    5 In Bethlehem in Judea, they replied, for this is what the prophet has written:


 6‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’


 7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.

    8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.

    9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.

    10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

    11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

    12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.