Back by popular demand, we'll gather round Northstowe's Christmas Tree by the light of (electronic) tea lights to sing Northstowe's Favourite Carols interspersed with poems and reading from various community figures. Foodies’ Food Trucks will be on the Green 5-8pm, including Edmonds Box selling alcoholic drinks for those who wish to indulge - but drinks are not necessary to enjoy this festive community event! We warmly invite you to bring along hot chocolates, teas, or coffee to keep those fingers warm as we sing!

Where: The Green, Pathfinder Way

When: 16th Dec, 6.30pm

Provisional Running Order

The Carol Numbers and verse orders correspond to those in The Bethlehem Carol Sheet

Once in Royal David's City

Once in Royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle-shed.
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for His bed.
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.


He came down to earth from Heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all.
And his shelter was a stable,
And his cradle was a stall.
With the poor and mean and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour Holy.


And our eyes at last shall see Him
Through His own redeeming love,
For that child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in Heaven above;
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone.


Not in that poor, lowly stable,
With the oxen standing by,
We shall see Him; but in Heaven,
Set at God’s right hand on high,
When, like stars, His children crowned
All in white, shall wait around.

Words: Public Domain

POEM: An extract from “A Star for our Journey” 

We come to this moment, we have travelled so far
like long ago wise men who were led by a star,
the roads we have taken are the days of the year
and some have been joyous and some full of fear 

we come to this moment, we come as we are 
with all that has happened we bear this year’s scar 
but here there is welcome, no more need to roam, 
in the birth of the Christ child, our hearts have come home  

This moment’s eternal, it's endlessly new 
God’s presence among us is endlessly true. 
how awesome the silence in which can be heard, 
the hope and the peace of the Incarnate word 

Avis Palmer, published in Winter p282.  
Can be sung to the tune of Away in a Manger 

Silent Night

Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
round yon Virgin Mother and Child,
Holy infant so tender and mild,
sleep in Heavenly peace!
sleep in Heavenly peace!


Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quail at the sight;
glories stream from Heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ, the Saviour, is born!
Christ, the Saviour, is born!


Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, Love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy Holy face,
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

WORDS: Public Domain

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.


Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay
Close by me for ever, and love me, I pray
Bless all the dear children in your tender care,
And fit us for heaven to live with you there.

CCLI Song # 38583 James Ramsey Murray | John Thomas McFarland | Martin Luther © Words: Public Domain

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with th’ angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King!”


Christ, by highest heaven adored;
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
late in time behold him come,
offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail th’ incarnate Deity,
pleased as man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King!”


Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth,
born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King!”

CCLI Song # 27738 Charles Wesley | Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy © Words: Public Domain

We three kings

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star


O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light


Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign


Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, voices raising
Worshiping, God most high


Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb


Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia
sounds through the earth and skies

CCLI Song # 38002 John Henry Hopkins Jr. © Words: Public Domain

In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.


Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ.


Angels and archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Filled the air,
But His mother, lowly,
In her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss.


What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.

CCLI Song # 2399539 Christina Georgina Rossetti Public Domain

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year

Glad tidings we bring to you and your kin
We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

CCLI Song # 266537 Unknown © Words: Public Domain

The poems shared tonight come from the collection "Winter" edited by Ruth Burgess and published by Wild Goose Publications.
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