Christmas Carol Service at St Mary's Church
On the penultimate day of term, Year 7 and 8 walked down to St. Mary’s Church in Riverhead to attend the annual school carol service.
We were warmly welcomed when we arrived at St. Mary’s and the service opened with Jodie in Year 7 singing the first verse of “Once in Royal David’s City”. As well as singing congregational Christmas carols, we also heard several readings and heard musical items from our students, including vocal solos and duets, as well as a flute duet, a saxophone duet and two items sung by the school Chamber Choir.
It was a lovely event that allowed the younger students at Knole to showcase their musical talents and the service put everyone in the festive mood. It also allowed us thinking time to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas and to consider those people and families less fortunate at this time of the year.
Reverend Martin asked us all to reflect on the last verse of "Away in a Manger".
‘Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children
in Thy tender care,
and take us to heaven,
to Live with Thee there.’
Mrs Mary Boyle, Principal, gave a reading which ended with this message:
‘There is no such thing as the perfect Christmas. The Christmas story tells us about a baby who came to earth to save us from our sins. It is a story of love and forgiveness, tolerance and acceptance. Wherever we find ourselves this Christmas, whatever we are doing and whoever we are doing it with, let’s take a moment to remember that the pleasure is in the giving and not the taking. If your Christmas is not the Christmas you hoped for focus on the good parts, do what you can to make it better for others, give thanks for all the positive things in your life. If you are able, reach out and offer a hand of friendship to someone who needs it, if not look around, is someone offering the hand of friendship to you?’
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Subject Leader Music