Carols in the Desert – St Andrew’s, Abu Dhabi

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On 9th December over 2000 people joined us in the desert for an evening of singing carols!
 
From about 4pm groups arrived from all over the Emirate for an afternoon/ evening of fun. Children ran up and down the sand dunes, families had picnics or were able to barbecue and the church provided everyone with free hot chocolate as the evening got colder. The main event itself was the carol singing; candles were given out and the children selected what to sing next from the song booklets, which included traditional hymns and more modern songs. Everyone was definitely feeling in the Christmas spirit by the end of the evening and some people camped overnight to enjoy the atmosphere and help with the clean up the next day! 
 
This is a very popular event, which happens each year and is organised by a huge number of volunteers from St Andrew’s Church.
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Parcels for Seafarers – Bahrain

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Members of St Christopher’s Cathedral, Bahrain gathered together to wrap parcels to be distributed to seafarers visiting Bahrain in ships to the ports of Bahrain by the Rev’d Stephen Thanapaul, MtS Chaplain, over the Christmas season. More than 300 bags full of practical gifts were prepared, the gifts given by members of the congregation and supported by Year 2 children from St Christopher’s School. At a concert at St Christopher’s School BD800 was raised by Year 2 parents for Mission to Seafarers. Below Stephen Thanapaul receives the Year two gifts at St Christopher’s School.

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Christmas Together – St Luke’s, RAK

St Luke’s Church, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE hosted a celebration entitled “Christmas Together” for the guest congregations who worship at the Al Jazirah, RAK  Compound.

Several congregations sang Christmas Carols in their native languages.  The programme included readings from the Holy Scriptures, the lighting of the advent wreath candles, prayers of intercession, and a Christmas reflection on the scriptures from Rev’d Jon Lavelle.

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Abundant Harvest Ministries sang Malayalam and American Gospel Hymns.

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The Korean Community Church Choir performed classical pieces in Korean and O Holy Night in English.

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The Redeemed Church of God led a lively worship service including a wonderful Nigerian song of worship and praise.

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The Church of South India sang a traditional Tamil Carol to worship the newborn King. They also performed a wonderful skit on the true meaning of Christmas.

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Christ’s Own Revival performed a Gospel song and  rhythmic fusion instrumental – a modern version of the Little Drummer Boy!

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Emirates Full Gospel performed traditional Tamil carols and graciously provided the sound system.

Thank You and Christmas Blessings to All from St Luke’s Anglican Church, RAK.

– Rev’d Jon Lavelle

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