Singing keeps tradition alive

South Western Times
Pastor Ryan Quicke prepares the candles for Eaton Baptist Church’s annual Carols by Candlelight event on Monday.
Camera IconPastor Ryan Quicke prepares the candles for Eaton Baptist Church’s annual Carols by Candlelight event on Monday. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Eaton Baptist Church will carry on a longstanding tradition when it invites the community to join together in song for the annual Carols by Candlelight concert on Monday night.

The event, which has been running for more than 25 years, will take place at 7.30pm at the Eaton Primary School Amphitheatre.

Church pastor Ryan Quicke said it would be a family focused event to celebrate the story of Christmas as a community.

“It’s also a chance to sing some of the modern songs and some of the traditional songs,” he said.

“Something I remember fondly from previous years is the opportunity where the kids will come up the front and sing the songs.

“Later on in the service we will get some of the dads to come up the front and sing more of the manly God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman and things like that.

“It is always really lovely having that community involvement and being something that gathers everyone together.”

The church will have a band and choir perform, but Mr Quicke said the main intention was to get everyone singing.

“Our hope isn’t to be too much of a performance but an opportunity for everyone to join in,” he said.

“It gives a chance for everyone to sing the carols that they love together.”

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic and glow candles will be available for purchase for $2.

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