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

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