Christmas Wrapping



Carols by Candlelight is back for another year, this time though with a rap twist.

The popular service will include a rap remix music video of the Christmas carol God rest ye merry gentlemen, put together by Andy Dyke, a member of the University of Cumbria’s chaplaincy team.

The track has already amassed 20,000 views on BBC Radio Cumbria, and is going to be broadcast on local T.V. as well as Songs of Praise to 3 million viewers in the build up to Christmas.

University of Cumbria Chaplain Matthew Firth, 31, described the addition of the video as “fantastic”, saying:

“It will be great to show this fantastic in-house music video as part of the service.  this year, we’re going to be putting extra effort into making the chapel look very festive for the occasion.”

The annual event is something that Firth has seen flourish as his time as Chaplain, becoming “the highlight in the campuses Christmas celebrations”, and is a service that he thoroughly enjoys.

Firth continued: “The service has run in the past, but in the three years I have been Chaplain it’s really grown in attendance.”

“I love the event, and I’m passionate about enabling people to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. I will lead the service and celebrations, as well as preaching a short message which will remind us and re-connect us with the true message of Christmas.”

It’s not just Firth that enjoys the event though, as it seems to have become a hit with students. Members of the University perform a number of various roles, from singing in the choir to performing readings and just attending the service, something Firth believes brings the University together.

“Last year we had nearly 100 people in total at the service, including the students in the choir, as well as many students in the congregation with their friends.”

“The service is also attended by university staff too, so it’s a great way for the whole campus community to celebrate together.”

The University’s Calva Bar are also getting in on the festivities, offering a three course Christmas meal after the service, priced at £10, for those students who want to make a night of the event. Firth backed the offer, saying:

“We’re going to work with Calva Bar to link the two events together and make the evening a huge success.”

With free mince pies and mulled wine as an added incentive, what better way to celebrate the festive period with some traditional Christmas carols, and a new take on Christmas rapping.

Carols by Candlelight is held at Fusehill st Chapel on Wednesday 10th December at 5:30pm.




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