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Voices ring in Christmas time at carol service

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The sounds of Christmas rang out to an appreciative full house at the Picton United Church during the annual Community Carol Service.

The carols ‘O Come All ye Faithful’ and ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ opened the evening as guest artists entered the church. County author and storyteller Janet Kellough set the stage for each special performance and carol with scripture readings.

machariThe most stirring of the evening was an a capella by Samantha Hirst, Matt Kopamees and Bie Engelen of Megruli Alilo, a Republic of Georgia Christmas carol sung in melancholic tones that floated throughout the silent church.

kim-inch-and-friendsKim Inch and Friends opened the performances with a heartfelt rendition of ‘Hallelujah’.

sonrise-christian-academyThe Sonrise Christian Academy also set the audience to full applause following their performance of ‘He Shall Reign Forevermore’.

emmanuel-baptist-senior-choirThe Emmanuel Baptist Senior Choir performed ‘Mary Did you Know?”

qe-school-choirThe Queen Elizabeth School Choir performed ‘Do You Know What I Hear?’

united-pentecostal-churchThe United Pentecostal Church choir sang ‘How Great is our Lord, O Come Adore Him’.

pec-free-methodist-churchThe PEC Free Methodist Church group sang a Huron Carol.

There were also performances by Amarya Durling singing ‘O Holy Night’; the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Joyful Sound, singing ‘Children, Go Where I Send Thee’ and the Picton United Church, South Bay and Cherry Valley choirs singing ‘Glory on a Christmas Morning.’

The evening finished with all voices lifted high in a community carol sing of ‘Joy to the World’. The evening’s free-will offerings will be shared among the Children’s Aid Society, the Picton United Church Food Bank and the Salvation Army Christmas Food Hampers.

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  1. Megan Babcock says:

    I have loved this event since I was a child, singing in the choir. Now my own children sing in this choir, at this event. It’s a wonderful, County tradition.

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