Whitehall Christmas Carol Service 2010
Below are some images of the Carol Service. Single click on the first image, click the right arrow and a presentation will start.
Video of the Service
The entire service is shown below in 2 clips. Click on the arrow in the middle of the box to start the video. Once it is running, double-click on the image and it will start running in YouTube, from where you can enlarge it to full screen.
The Whitehall Carol Service was held this year on Thursday 9th December in the Great Hall of Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.
Although a day of student protest outside, the carol service was the 'eye of the storm' - a haven of peace and God's love and presence. Music was provided by the Band of the Grenadier Guards. The carols and songs were led by a choir formed from members and friends of Christians in Government.
It was a great occasion, attended by around 1800. The theme 'I Will Sing of Your Great Love' centred on the response of Mary to the announcement by the angel Gabriel that she was to give birth to the Son of God. Her reaction, one of thankfulness and awe that a mighty God had not forgotten her in the midst of her ordinary life, can speak to many in the civil service in these uncertain times. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Cardinal Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, brought a powerful message encouraging us to proclaim Christianity in government and politics.
The service was introduced by Sir Gus O'Donnell, Cabinet Secretary. The readings were conducted by Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Secretary; Mr Steve Webb MP, Minister for Pensions; Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government; Rt Hon David Mundell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland; Rt Hon Steven Timms MP, Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury; and Rt Hon Dominic Grieve MP, Attorney General.
In a first for the carol service, Kami Peters acted out an interpretation of Mary's response to the angel Gabriel's words.
The charity this year was Christians against Poverty, with proceeds from the offering (which reached approximately £3200) being shared between this and the costs of putting on the service (CIG received no official financial support for the event). CAP are a national charity seeking to restore hope to those in extreme financial difficulties.