Easby Carol Service

Home » News » Easby Carol Service
IMG0524
IMG0525

The star led me on Sunday 18 December, the fourth Sunday in advent, to Easby Chapel where their afternoon service was a carol service. Rev Lisa led the service which was their

part of the usual afternoon service at Easby. On the front table there was a pop-up nativity book, the advent candles (we had the fork handles/four candles joke), and a book with the title 'Refuge'.

The service started with the hymn 'Jesus stand among us in thy risen power'. I was expecting a carol but the hymn really made me think about why I was there — not just to sing carols but to worship God together. Lisa asked us what we would like to give thanks for. I wasn't brave enough to say anything at the service but I think that I would like to give thanks for all the people I have met travelling around the circuit this advent.

We then heard the story of the sad Christmas cracker. The story reminded me of the cracker that I opened at the Christmas lunch at Great Ayton. Lisa brought with her a giant Christmas cracker, which she got some help to pull. Inside we were reminded that there was:

  • a gift, which represents the wise men's gift and gets us to think what we bring to Jesus
  • a crown to remind us that Jesus is king
  • a motto/joke to make us think of God's word to us at Christmas time.

As at Seamer's All Age Nativity, Lisa gave out a hand-made stocking full of presents to someone in the congregation. Next year their task is to fill the stocking with presents and give it to someone else. We were reminded that Christmas is not just about receiving but giving and heard two volunteers talk about their experience of going to 'Tickle the Tastebuds' charity to help to serve Christmas lunch. As I received a Christmas tree shaped chocolate biscuit and drink, I wondered what gifts I would give this Christmas.

You may also be interested in

Prayer of the day
: Wed 01 Jun 11:21am

We are pleased to be able to welcome Clare Ibbotson as our new Circuit Support Manager, as of 1st June. There is also a new Email address to contact to get hold of Clare on Circuit Matters — 1305stokesleycircuit@gmail.com. Clare brings the experience of her time as both a Circuit Steward, and as a Worship Leader at Hutton Rudby, to the...

UkraineFlagStylised
: Thu 03 Mar 8:57am

In common with people across the world, people in the Stokesley Circuit are praying for peace in Ukraine. The following prayer was published on the Methodist Website, and many Methodists are using it to help them pray God's peace into the situation:Holy and Gracious GodWe pray for the people of Ukraine and the...

Easby1
: Wed 23 Feb 6:25pm

Easby guild returns! After a long hiatus due to Covid-19, Easby Guild is resuming this Spring — although in a slightly different format.Please join us at 4:00 pm on Thursday 3rd March 2022 for a meeting of fellowship and planning as we move forward following several significant changes since we last met.A hot drink and biscuits will be provided.We very much hope that you can make...