On Christmas Eve many people in Belper like to gather in the Market Place to sing carols , a tradition that has been established over many years. This year it won’t be possible to do this and we know that many people will be missing this start to their Christmas festivities. Hope for Belper volunteers will certainly be missing the handing out of hot chocolate on the evening.
This year, to honour the tradition of carol singing in Belper and to brighten up what might be a dark and lonely Christmas Eve we invite you to Sing and Shine. So at 7pm on 24 December, let’s all gather on our doorsteps or driveways and sing Silent Night to each other. Then put a light in your window . It’s a way of showing that in the words of John’s gospel: “A light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” – an appropriate verse for Christmas 2020 if ever there was one!
We can still celebrate the arrival of Jesus, the Light of the World. We can still sing into the darkness to cheer our neighbours and join together in celebration.
So Christmas Eve, 7pm. Sing Silent Night and Shine a Light.
Note: This is an edited version of an earlier post which had the time of the singing at 8pm. We have now decided to move the time so as to avoid a clash with the St Peter’s/Belper Town Council online carol concert going live at 8pm.