The Old St. Thomas Church was packed with people (around 400 of them) on Sunday for the annual Carol Sing. Several carols, 500 mincemeat tarts, 600 church-shaped cookies and several gallons of apple cider later they emerged, filled with a generous measure of Christmas spirit (and old-fashioned treats).
Steve Peters emceed and noted that November 11 this year marked 200 years since American soldiers raided the nearby farm of St. Thomas founder Daniel Rapelje in the closing months of the War of 1812. Rapelje later donated a portion of his land for the Old St. Thomas Church.
Reverend Mavis Currie brought a Christmas message with a reminder that many people through time are not well-known names but were still important for the kindness and joy they brought to those around them. For example, James Pierpont's name is not remembered by many but he wrote “Jingle Bells”, one of the best-known and loved Christmas songs in the world.
The Carol Sing is presented each year by the Old St. Thomas Church Restoration Trust Board Members. A free will offering is directed to the Salvation Army Family Services – this year, more than $4,000 was given.
Also taking part in the service were Captain Mark Hall, Salvation Army and Canon Nick Wells, Chaplain for the Old St. Thomas Church.
Find out more about the Old St. Thomas Church at www.oldstthomaschurch.com