Celebrate carol singers take to Norwich streets
Two groups of singers from Celebrate Norfolk took to the city centre streets of Norwich on Saturday December 19 to sing and proclaim the Christmas message.
One group was outside St Stephens church and the other on Guildhall Hill. They were not choirs, well trained to sing beautifully, but ardent and committed to taking the gospel to the whosoever at Christmas.
Passers-by said “You’ve made my Christmas!” Another said “My little girl's been singing that carol constantly,” and stopped to join in. Others sat and listened for a while as the groups sung and preached the gospel.
Matt Richards, of Radical Church, said: “We had joy and brought the gospel too. So praise God.”
Vivien Strafford, of Norwich Healing Rooms, said: “Some people dropped out on the day but God answered our prayers and sent others, so carols were sung and the gospel was preached.”
Alongside the singing of carols, the groups faithfully preached the gospel, inviting people who were last-minute shopping to remember the real reason for Christmas. This year when churches have been shut down and people isolated it is vital to declare the birth of the One who brings hope, joy and peace to a hopeless world.
Clare Elkins, of New Hope Christian Centre, said: "I've never done street preaching before, but we are called to go and make disciples! We have to move out of our comfort zones because it's more important to offer the hope of eternal life and the joy of forgiveness to those who are walking in darkness."
John Betts, Project Director of Celebrate Norwich and Norfolk, said: “Despite the current problems which are affecting us all, it was a joy to be able to bring the message of Christ to people who are doing their best to celebrate Christmas this year. Our prayer is that some hearts were touched by the Lord.”
Pictured above are Celebrate Norfolk carol singers outside St Stephen’s Church in Norwich.