This advent I have been following the star since going to the Methodist Women in Britain Circuit Advent Day 'It's all in the stars'. I have seen and heard about many different stars on my travels around the circuit. On Saturday 17 December, the star led me to Stokesley Methodist Church for their Choir's Christmas Concert. The ground floor of the church was packed with people so I headed up to the balcony, which gave me a wonderful view of everything that was going on. I had a look through the programme as more people came in. There were a mixture of pieces sung by the choir and readings all of them told the story of Christmas.
The piece that stood out for me was a dialogue between two candles who were complaining how difficult it was to be a candle at Christmas. These two particular candles were too small to be put on display or in the advent wreath so they were used in a Christingle. They were moaning about being covered with orange and being lit once for a short time before being blown out and then thrown away. Yet they heard the preacher say that they were the most important part of the Christingle because they represented Jesus, the light of the world. This encouraged the candles to shine out even if it was only for a short time.
The music throughout the concert was lively and there were carols that we could all join in with. The pieces from the Christmas musical 'Bethlehem's Light' were new to me and there was music from other Christmas musicals. The words and the music lifted my spirits and I found myself humming on the way to the back hall for drinks and refreshments. The hall was packed with people and I had the chance to catch up with a few friends.
I wondered as I chatted and sipped my orange juice where the star would lead me next.