Carol Service at Condé-sur-Noireau
Our English/French Carol Service
- Célébration de Noël - was held at le Temple Protestant, Condé-sur-Noireau
on Sunday, December 16th, beginning at 5pm. As many people have been praying for this service, we
have put together this note for you so that you can see how your prayers have been
answered and also to encourage you to keep praying.
A packed church...
We had no idea how many people
were likely to turn up, but in the end the place was packed out. There were even some people sitting
on the stairs. How many people came? There were at least 120 there, and probably nearer 140. My estimate, which is
only very approximate, was that there was a mix of about 70% Anglophone and 30% Francophone. There
was also a mix of those who have regular church connections through to those who hardly ever, if at all,
go to church.
A great success...
In addition to all the many posters
that were put up in the area, and the number of handouts that had been distributed, there was a good write-up
in the local paper last week about the Carol Service, which no doubt encouraged many to come along.
The reporter also came along to the Carol Service and will be writing an article for this week's
edition of the paper. In an
email to me he said “Yesterday's service was a great success indeed. I attended it and was
very impressed with the choir and the involvement of everyone there...” He will also
mention in his article the English Worship services starting at Condé in January.
An enthusiastic response...
So many people helped out in many
different ways: in decorating the church, providing cakes etc. for the refreshments,
Bible readings, singing in the choir, playing musical instruments, giving out the
programmes, translating into French, setting up and operating the audio system,
and many other ways besides... All these things helped to make the evening such a
success, with many enthusiastic comments being made by those who came along and who
evidently enjoyed the service immensely. We even got an unexpected and spontaneous round
of applause at the end! Most people stayed for the refreshments afterwards, which
was a further opportunity to chat with people. Hopefully some of the English-speakers will
come along to the English-language services at Condé.
An opportunity to hear the Gospel...
most important aspect of the evening was, of course, that everybody had the opportunity,
some maybe for the first time,
whether in the Bible readings, or in the carols, or in the talk,
to hear the good news of Christmas: “A Saviour has been born for you - he is Christ the Lord”. Please pray
that seeds planted in the hearts and minds of those who came along to the Carol Service
would be used by the Holy Spirit to
bring people to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that many of those who
came along to the Carol Service would want to come along to the English services, whether as Christians
who want to worship and meet together with other Christians, or as those wanting to know
more about the Gospel for themselves.
Philip and Simone Loose