Gorleston church goes to the theatre
2017: Cliff Park Community Church in Gorleston will be off to the theatre for their annual Carols and Coffee at Gorleston Pavilion Theatre. This year the popular service is coming forward a week and will be held on Advent Sunday, December 3.
The free event always attracts a full house with people enjoying singing favourite carols accompanied by the Great Yarmouth Future Brass Band conducted by Joel Heys. Last year for the first time a group of singers from the church worship band joined the musicians to help lead the singing. This year the group will also have their own slot in the service.
Cliff Park's minister, the Rev Mike Simm will be giving a short talk and young people will be helping with the bible reading. Former BBC broadcaster Tony Mallion will again host this years’ service.
There are no advance tickets but there will be a bucket collection as people leave, which this year will be for the Living Room project which provides a night shelter for the homeless in Great Yarmouth during the winter months. Church member Anna Heydon, who set up and supervises the project, which had a pilot run last winter, will be explaining a little about the work.
“This really is a great way to start the build up to Christmas. We are so pleased to hold it on Advent Sunday” said Tony Mallion, adding that it made it easier for the theatre because it comes a day before the scenery is set for this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, and the stage will be clearer. “People really do enjoy this annual event, and the special atmosphere of the Pavilion with its tables and chairs makes it perfect for this café-style relaxed service”
Minister Mike Simm said he was pleased that this had become such a tradition over the years and that it was something which people anticipate. Hundreds of invitation cards are distributed in the Cliff Park area as well as posters and other publicity.
The following week the church will also bring back Carols on the Green at The Mews in Cliff Park after a gap last year. “We just went carol singing and inviting people to our services last year, but so many people asked why we weren’t doing Carols on the Green” said Rev Simm. “So, this year it is genuinely back by public demand”
Carols and Coffee is at Gorleston Pavilion on Sunday December 3 at 10.30am with people asked to arrive in good time to ensure getting a seat.
Carols on the Green will be on The Mews at 5pm on the following Sunday, December 10, when mince pies and mulled wine will be served .
For more about the Living Room project, see Network Norfolk’s article here.
The photo of the 2016 event at Gorleston Pavilion was supplied by Cliff Park Community Church.
This story first appeared on the Network Yarmouth website.
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