Last weekend saw something quite special take place online as thousands tuned in to the biggest Christmas carol and nativity event the south west has ever seen.
South West Carols was streamed live on both Saturday and Sunday evening with churches and Christian organisations across the region working together to present the message of Christmas to people in the comfort of their own homes. It is estimated by the organisers that over 20,000 people tuned in over the two evenings.
The evening featured the South West’s biggest ever nativity play which included children from schools here in Bath & Wells. St Nicholas CofE Primary in Radstock, St Mary’s CofE Primary in Bridgwater, Saltford CofE Primary and a group of 10 children (and a donkey!) from St Peter & St Paul’s Church in Shepton Mallet all took part.
Headline musical performances featured London Community Gospel Choir, award winning folk trio Wildwood Kin and worship leader Lucy Grimble, all bringing new renditions of traditional carols. The line-up also included Exeter Cathedral Choir singing ‘Silent Night’ and a collaboration of over 25 south west worship leaders led by Yeovil’s Joe Hardy with ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’.
Many churches got involved in the lead up to the event by inviting friends and neighbours, who would have normally attended a carol service, to watch from the comfort of their own home and, in a generous gesture from the organisers, content from the events will be available free for churches to download and use in their local online events and services during December.
To access the downloads for use in your own online service go to the South West Carols’ website.
Watch the whole event below or on the South West Carols’ YouTube channel.