The Joy of Christmas!

The Joy of Christmas!

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.”

Pope Francis

In the run up to the Christmas holidays, there were several events and services held to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas making December a very eventful and joyous month at Burdett-Coutts!

It all kicked off on Friday the 4th of December with the inaugural Nine Lessons service at St John’s Smith Square concert hall. The festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, and hymns.

Introduced by The Revd. Graham Buckle, parents and carers were invited to join the entire school in singing favourites like Away in The Manger, The Streets of London and The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy. In between the hymns and carols, there were thoughtful and poignant readings by Mr Martin, Mrs Dyer, Anna-Mabel (Year 2), Quayum (Year 4), Rema (Year 5), Adam (Year 6), Ms Debbie, Ms Manual & Mr Daniel. It was a truly magical and wonderful service and set the tone for Christmas perfectly.

On Tuesday the 8th of December, Early Years and Key Stage 1 astounded the audience at St Stephen’s Church with their touching and moving production of The Nativity Story. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as their performance reminded everyone of the true meaning of Christmas as a time to be thankful for the joyous birth of Jesus and to be grateful for what we have. Key Stage 2 followed strongly a few days later on Thursday the 10th of December with their production of Mary, Mary! – well done to everyone who took part!

The Year 5 & 6 Choir were also kept busy with 6 engagements in December alone! Following on from the Nine Lessons service, they were asked to sing at the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square where they were watched by a large audience from all over the world and they were interviewed by a television crew from China! Their next event was at Churchill Gardens to switch on their Christmas tree lights. The choir sang beautifully and everyone (including Mr Carden!) was rewarded with selection boxes of chocolates afterwards.

Year Six Choir then sang at Norton House, a local Care Home, and at the Head Office of the John Lewis Partnership. Year Five Choir also sang in support of the Westminster Befriend a Family Charity in Cardinal Place as well as members of the Abbey Community Centre in Great Smith Street.

The Head Choristers and Deputies (Charlotte, Morgan, Ayah, and Hermioni) have also been really busy, sometimes giving up the whole of their lunchtime to help with the music folders, and helping to select soloists. The Year Five Head Choristers (Roshawn, Christian, Ava, and Maylia) have shared this responsibility well and finally, as always, thank you to Mr Carden for all your hard work during this busy time.

And finally, there was a special whole school Christingle Service on Friday the 18th of December at St Stephen’s Church. Led by The Revd. Graham Buckle, Christingle has a been a key part of Christmas celebrations at our school and church for many years. Filled with songs, prayers and performances, the highlight of our Christingle celebration  involves the lighting of the Christingle candles under dimmed lights – a moment filled with awe and wonder for everyone attending. It was the perfect service to fill everyone with the spirit and wonder of Christmas before the start of the holidays!