Yesterday evening saw Crowborough’s very first drive-in carol service. Hosted by All Saint’s Church, almost 100 cars – many decorated with tinsel and flashing lights – gathered in Morrisons car park.
Beginning with a solo performance of Once in Royal David’s City, everyone’s favourite carol was included, from the quiet beauty of Silent Night to the exuberant joy of Hark the Herald Angels Sing. There were prayers for the local community, and attendees gave generously towards the work of the Crowborough Foodbank, as well as Hospices of Hope.
Steve Rees, the vicar of All Saints, spoke movingly about the relevance for us today of the angels’ words, “Do not be afraid”, especially with all that’s happened in 2020. Just as we’ve seen the emergence of some unlikely heroes, from Captain Tom to Joe Wicks, he pointed all who were there to Jesus, the unlikely hero of the Christmas story, who offers a sure hope for the future to all who will receive him.
All those who came left with smiles on their faces and hearts full of Christmas joy, and even those unable to get hold of a ticket were blessed, as the sound of carols drifted across the town. Jo Walsh commented:
It was absolutely amazing, I loved it.
Whilst Joe Miller said:
It was a fantastic experience, and a great covid-safe way of celebrating with the community.
There is still time to book for further Covid-secure Christmas events at All Saint’s Church, including a family nativity service on Christmas Eve, as well as the traditional midnight service.