100 groups of churches are planning a
Silent Night Community Carol Service
Churches Together groups are working with Hope in organising Silent Night Carol Services for 2014, as part of the commemoration of World War I remembering the Christmas truce around a game of football.
Hope 2014, through the initiative Greater Love
, are resourcing groups of churches holding a community carol service in a football stadium or equivalent sports venue.
This information is from the website of Hope 2014:
HOPE is working with Sports Chaplaincy UK to equip local clubs, community groups and churches to stage the events. Pilot events have been held in several stadia - indoors and out in the stands. In 2011 Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Aldershot Town and Shrewsbury Town football clubs held carol events at their stadiums with the help of sports chaplains, local school choirs and Salvation Army bands. In 2012 the idea spread to 15 clubs, and in 2013 more than 50 sports stadiums around the country hosted a carol event for fans and other members of the community.
AFC Bournemouth’s Chaplain, Rev Andy Rimmer, Vicar of the Lantern Church in Merley near Bournemouth, has held several carol services with fans and players at the Cherries’ ground. As the Cherries’ Chaplain, Andy says: ‘I enjoy getting to know the lads and occasionally training with them. We have pre-match prayer which a few of them attend. Sport is a tremendous gift from God and it’s where people are. The carol service is a chance to celebrate Jesus’ birth in a completely unique environment. We want this event to have a real community feel as well as being attended by supporters of the clubs.’
The tried-and-tested formula for the carol services includes local choirs, bands and the club’s players or manager reading some of the familiar Bible passages about the nativity story.
Hope video introducing Silent Night Carol Services
How to plan a Service with a Sports Club
Countdown time-line for planning a Service
Resources for Remembering World War I
Ordering Carol Sheets and supporting Tearfund
Tearfund is a partner in the 'Silent Night Carols' initiative and are providing Carol Sheets that can be used for any event, whether in a stadium or a local church. Through this partnership Tearfund are raising money for the places of war today, including those affected by the conflict in Syria.
To order Carol Sheets and support Tearfund visit: http://www.silentnightcarols.org/