Churches present Christmas carol sing-aling

Choirs team up for selection of sacred and traditional songs Saturday at QB Civic Centre

The churches of Parksville Qualicum are teaming up for an early start to holiday gift-giving Dec. 12 with a Community Christmas Carol Sing beginning at 2 p.m. at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.

The free choral sing-along concert will be led by a choir made up of singers from various churches, of all denominations, accompanied by pianist John Nelson.

“Unless you’re a member of a choir, people don’t sing together anymore, which is really very sad,” said Skye Donald, choir director at St. Stephen’s United. “Christmas is about the only time people are still open to singing together for fun, and we want to encourage that.”

The Christmas Carol Sing is being held in the afternoon to accommodate people who don’t like to drive at night and for the benefit of families with young children.

There will be a comfortable space for children with mats and cushions and an area for people in wheelchairs.

The musical selection will be a combination of the sacred and the traditional, from Away in a Manger and Silent Night for the sacred to traditionals including Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls.

“The program will include many well known and favourite Christmas Carols and songs,” said Donald, an accomplished soprano. “These are songs you would expect to hear in any church, or at a concert or at the shopping mall.”

The event is intended as a gift to the community from the local churches, so it is completely free. There will be cookies, coffee and hot chocolate following the singing.

— Submitted by Arbutus Grove Church

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