Dozens flock to candlelit Bolton Parish Church carol service

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DOZENS of people packed into Bolton Parish Church for their annual candlelit carol service tonight.

Mayor Cllr Colin Shaw was joined by representatives from Bolton’s business, education and music communities in delivering readings at the 6pm service.

Members of the congregation held candles aloft throughout, as they sang hymns and enjoyed music from the church’s choir, led by director Michael Pain.

Joining the mayor in reading lessons were Dave Bagley, chief executive of homelessness charity Urban Outreach, Leslie Parlane, headteacher of Clevelands Preparatory School and Chris Wormald, conductor of Smithills Brass Band.

Isabel Fredenburger, director of Bolton Law Society, Rod Sellars, chairman of Seddon Construction Ltd, Geoff Gwyther, chairman of Bolton U3A and the head boy and girl from Canon Slade School, James Whittle and Alexandra Mason.

Addressing a church shimmering in candlelit and boasting a 15ft-tall lavishly decorated Christmas tree, Reverend Judie Horrocks wished peace and good will to people throughout the world.

She also urged people to remember those in Bolton less fortunate at Christmas, such as those lonely, sick or homeless.

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12:34am Mon 23 Dec 13

Old Boltonian says...

Dozens? In my younger days it was hundreds each day of Christmas week till Christmas Eve and midnight Mass, when it was standing room only. Hmmm, how times have changed. It seems multiculturalism and white working class atheism has brought about many changes in old Bolton, none for the better.
Dozens? In my younger days it was hundreds each day of Christmas week till Christmas Eve and midnight Mass, when it was standing room only. Hmmm, how times have changed. It seems multiculturalism and white working class atheism has brought about many changes in old Bolton, none for the better. Old Boltonian

12:54am Mon 23 Dec 13

oftbewildered2 says...

a church is not just for Christmas - to steal a phrase, And churches need to 'wise up'; I stopped going to our local church because I was bored out of my tree. Same old, same old, week in and week out. That does not stop my believing and I know there are many lively congregations around the borough which deliver what I need in the manner I enjoy.
a church is not just for Christmas - to steal a phrase, And churches need to 'wise up'; I stopped going to our local church because I was bored out of my tree. Same old, same old, week in and week out. That does not stop my believing and I know there are many lively congregations around the borough which deliver what I need in the manner I enjoy. oftbewildered2

1:32am Mon 23 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

I agree with boring, the same service every week, Then you have a few songs sung like you are dying with zero life in them.
Again, I have my faith but can not suffer another sunday morning at church.
I agree with boring, the same service every week, Then you have a few songs sung like you are dying with zero life in them. Again, I have my faith but can not suffer another sunday morning at church. mr.mark.c

6:43am Mon 23 Dec 13

waterbottle says...

soon the church will be a Nisa Local
soon the church will be a Nisa Local waterbottle

12:32pm Mon 23 Dec 13

boltonnut says...

Great pictures,they give the impression of Christmases past.
Great pictures,they give the impression of Christmases past. boltonnut

5:26pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Don Kiddick says...

Old Boltonian wrote:
Dozens? In my younger days it was hundreds each day of Christmas week till Christmas Eve and midnight Mass, when it was standing room only. Hmmm, how times have changed. It seems multiculturalism and white working class atheism has brought about many changes in old Bolton, none for the better.
****. I'm surprised there are still "dozens" stupidly worshipping idiotic and ridiculous beliefs. I guess old boltonian that you worship your christian god instead of worshipping any number of other regional brands of deity because you were brought up in Bolton? Remember that for every 30 deities you dismiss, we white working class atheists dismiss 31, for every 300, we dismiss 301 etc etc etc. In other words you believe what you believe because your parents told you to, and like the dozens above, you haven't grown up enough to realise they sold you a pack of lies.
[quote][p][bold]Old Boltonian[/bold] wrote: Dozens? In my younger days it was hundreds each day of Christmas week till Christmas Eve and midnight Mass, when it was standing room only. Hmmm, how times have changed. It seems multiculturalism and white working class atheism has brought about many changes in old Bolton, none for the better.[/p][/quote]****. I'm surprised there are still "dozens" stupidly worshipping idiotic and ridiculous beliefs. I guess old boltonian that you worship your christian god instead of worshipping any number of other regional brands of deity because you were brought up in Bolton? Remember that for every 30 deities you dismiss, we white working class atheists dismiss 31, for every 300, we dismiss 301 etc etc etc. In other words you believe what you believe because your parents told you to, and like the dozens above, you haven't grown up enough to realise they sold you a pack of lies. Don Kiddick

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