(a Fitzroy Community Carol Service from years gone by)
I am so excited about tomorrow morning's Fitzroy Online Sunday Service (live on Fitzroy TV from 11am).
Every year, for the last 8, we have had a Community Carol Service. It has been on a Thursday night and we've welcomed the energy of the Botanic Primary School children and a host of others. We have also in the past had jugglers, fire eaters, parades up Botanic Avenue and a couple of times, live nativities with animals and all!
The bad news is that there was obviously no Community Carol Service on a Thursday night this year but the good news is that we are bringing the community into this week's Advent Sunday Service.
So, we will be having readings and prayers and interviews and poems from very special guests from around our neighbourhood. Homeplus, Foodbank, Mornington, An Drochad and Women's Aid will all be joining us. We will also be hearing those children in Botanic Primary School and another original song from Jonny Fitch who will add a couple fo carols.
I will be asking what the local minister would want to gift to our neighbourhood at Christmas and suggesting, with a look back to World Aids Day last week and ahead to the 40th Anniversary of John Lennon's death this week, that Jesus already is that gift!