Carols in Clifton

Following the distribution of invitations to all our friends and neighbours in Clifton to join us at our Christmas services, 24 people from Buckingham decided to add a musical element to the invitation by venturing into Clifton village on the morning of 17 December to sing some carols.

This has been a long standing tradition at Buckingham that receives the approbation of local shopowners and vendors.

The weather spared us the rain that arrived later in the day as once again Church Secretary Gary Williams showed his largely untapped gift for conducting a choir of amateur and yet enthusiastic singers. Or at least for keeping all the singers thoroughly amused as he endeavoured to do so!

Many of the traditional favourites, such as O Come all ye Faithful and Once in Royal David’s City, were accompanied by the occasional new tune and also hymns less well known but still relevant to the Christmas theme.

As the hour wore on, the hearty singing helped overcome the increasing loss of circulation in hands and feet as the cold weather took its toll. We were very encouraged, however, to also receive two pots of tea “on the house” from one of the local cafes!

The opportunity was also taken to hand out many further invitations to our carol services of the next day (Sunday 18th). The most enthusiastic distributor was also by some years the youngest (Naomi aged 3, pictured) who was not inhibited by this fact at all.

As soon as our singing was done, the tea was quickly consumed before a number of additional orders were urgently placed at the same cafe for further refreshments.

We were delighted once again to be able to take this opportunity to convey in song the timeless Christmas message.As members of the Christian church, our lives are centred on thanking God for His goodness to us through the gift of Jesus Christ His Son. Anyone wishing to hear more of this is once again very warmly invited to join us at our services this Christmas – but do remember that the service on Christmas morning is held at 10.30am and not 11.00!