HQ ARRC Annual Carol Service

(INNSWORTH, UK) - The true spirit of the holidays echoed when the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) held its annual Carol Service at the historic Tewkesbury Abbey in Tewkesbury, 2 December. The service has become a well-established colourful and vibrant celebration of Christmas.
Dec 2, 2015

(INNSWORTH, UK) - The true spirit of the holidays echoed when the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) held its annual Carol Service at the historic Tewkesbury Abbey in Tewkesbury, 2 December. The service has become a well-established colourful and vibrant celebration of Christmas. 

Most churches in Britain hold traditional Carol Services leading up to the weeks of Christmas when the story of the birth of Jesus is usually told through hymns and readings from the Bible.

The Band of the King’s Division, fresh from a tour in the Baltics, and the Innsworth Military Wives Choir both provided performances at this years' service.

There were a mix of carols, and readings in multiple languages representing the multinational culture in the ARRC, and the chaplain led the prayer.

Also, present were many local families from the area who often attend this celebration each year.

"I love coming out to the Carol Service here (Tewkesbury Abbey),” said Susan Mayfayre who lives in the area. "The church is beautiful and filled with so much history, but when you add the bands and the choir is it even more magnificent.

She said the event is always great fun and is the perfect opportunity for those in the community to come together, meet new people and get in the Christmas spirit.

Rachel Mitchell, a member of the Military Wives Choir said the Carol Service is a great celebration to bring in the holidays.

"It gives us a chance to come out with our families to enjoy some of the festivities within the community,” she added.

The Military Wives Choir performs year round. Among the hymns performed this night were - Oh little town of Bethlehem, We three kings of Orient Are, and Hark the Herald Angels Sing, each telling the story.

The evening ended with a reception giving all attendees time to meet and reflect on the ceremony.

 

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