Candle lit Christmas carols at All Saints in Walsoken

PUBLISHED: 10:10 19 December 2017

Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter

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The lights were dimmed inside All Saints Church in Walsoken as a packed church congregation lit candles to sing traditional carols.

Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter

The atmospheric service marked the run up to December 25 with families enjoying the occasion to prepare for festivities.

Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Rev Allan Landall said: “We had about 145 people for the candle lit carol service, it’s always a really popular one for families.”

Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter

The candle lit service is among local favourite highlights of the year with a chance to sing familiar carols, hear readings from the Christmas tale and joining others to soak up the peace, he added.

Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter

The church, which has been a centre of worship since 1146, and is described as ‘the grandest Norman parish church in Norfolk’, will host other Christmas services as follows:

Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter

• Christmas Eve family crib service at 4pm.

Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter

• Christmas Eve midnight mass at 11.30pm.

Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter

• Christmas Day morning worship at 10am.

Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter Walsoken Church hold candle lit carol service. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Outside of their regular Sunday services the church holds Bible Studies, messy church, a craft group, choir, bell ringers and a music group.

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