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Carols in the City - 2005

The third ‘Carols In the City’ concert, organised by the Lisburn City Centre Ministers’ Fellowship was held in the Lagan Valley Island on Wednesday 14th December 2005.

Garvey Silver Band led the singing of well-known Christmas Carols - ‘Once in Royal David City’, ‘Still the Night’ and ‘O Come all ye faithful’.

Brownlee Primary School Choir sang: ‘The Gift’, Jingle Bell Rock’, ‘Child in a Manger’, and ‘Winter Wonderland’. The choir was conducted by Mr Colin Elliott and accompanied by Mrs Laura Chestnutt on piano. The soloists were Hannah McMillen, Daniel McCreedy Arnold, Conor Magee, Rebecca McKinnon and Steven Harwood.

Pictured at the Carols in the City concert in Lagan Valley Island on Wednesday 14th December 2005 are L to R: Canon Sam Wright - Lisburn Cathedral, Rev. Brian Gibson - Railway Street, Pastor George Hilary - Lisburn Christian Fellowship, Dr. Ken Newell - Guest Speaker, Rev. John Brackenridge - First Lisburn and the Very Rev. Hugh Kennedy, P.P. - St. Patrick’s.

Pictured at the Carols in the City concert in Lagan Valley Island on Wednesday 14th December 2005 are L to R: Canon Sam Wright - Lisburn Cathedral, Rev. Brian Gibson - Railway Street, Pastor George Hilary - Lisburn Christian Fellowship, Dr. Ken Newell - Guest Speaker, Rev. John Brackenridge - First Lisburn and the Very Rev. Hugh Kennedy, P.P. - St. Patrick’s.

St. Aloysius Primary School Choir sang: ‘Unto Us A Child Is Born’, ‘In The Stillness of the Night’ and ‘Love Shone Down’. The conductor was Una Tracey and the soloists were Christopher Romano, Megan Stewart, Kate Tracey and Amy Syzmura

Friends School Choir sang: ‘Immanuel’, ‘Away in a manger’, ‘Pacem’ and ‘Glorious Light’. The choir was conducted by Rosemary Deboys and accompanied by Susie Ashcroft on piano and Corinna Hoel - Flute. The soloist was Joanna Hyndman.

A Folk Group from St. Patrick’s Church led by Geraldine Clenaghan sang: ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Saviour of the world’ and ‘The Reason Why’.

St. Patrick’s Folk Group pictured during final rehearsals before taking to the stage at the Carols in the City concert in Lagan Valley Island on Wednesday 14th December 2005. Pictured L to R : (seated) Neal Clenaghan - Guitar and Dermot Clenaghan - Cello. (back row) Geraldine Clenaghan - Leader, Andrew Magee - Keyboards and flute, Laura Waterworth, Deirdre Waterworth, Una Tracey, Dymphna Clenaghan, Patrick Hughes, Monica McCard and Marion Green.

St. Patrick’s Folk Group pictured during final rehearsals before taking to the stage at the Carols in the City concert in Lagan Valley Island on Wednesday 14th December 2005. Pictured L to R : (seated) Neal Clenaghan - Guitar and Dermot Clenaghan - Cello. (back row) Geraldine Clenaghan - Leader, Andrew Magee - Keyboards and flute, Laura Waterworth, Deirdre Waterworth, Una Tracey, Dymphna Clenaghan, Patrick Hughes, Monica McCard and Marion Green.

Sara Blakey, a member of the Lisburn Young Adult’s Group, assisted by Lorraine Foster - Co-ordinator said a Christmas Prayer; prayers for our community and our world were led by, Hazel McCall – Lisburn Organiser for Christian Aid and a portion of Scripture was read by given by Marilyn McKee - Lisburn Christian Fellowship.

The large crowd at Carols in the City in the Lagan Valley Island. US50-546JCThe guest speaker was Dr. Ken Newell, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. In his address entitled, ‘What happens to us when Christmas comes to town’, Dr. Newell spoke about ‘Renewing your friendship with God’, ‘Embracing a spirit of friends without fences’, and ‘Transforming Lisburn into a city of friends’.

St Aloysius Primary School choir at the Carols in the City concert in Lagan Valley Island last Wednesday evening. US50-547JCDavid Honeyford and Allister Cummings were in charge of the sound audio-visual equipment. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to Christian Aid and Lisburn Inter-Church Sunday School and Young Adults Group. While most people know about the work of Christian Aid, perhaps not so many know about the Lisburn Inter-Church Sunday School and Young Adults Group. They meet each Sunday afternoon in Harmony Hill Church, the Co-ordinator is Lorraine Foster and the teachers are Brownlee Primary School Choir taking part in Carols in the City. US50-548JC Heather Knox, Maureen Clynes and Pamela McElhinney. Their aims are to give children and young adults with learning disabilities an opportunity to praise and worship God in a simple and joyful manner and to provide young adults with a severe learning disability the opportunity to participate in Bible Study and Praise at a more advanced level.

The concert was well attended and a great success. Una Tracey, a spokesperson for St. Aloysius Primary School said, “It was an amazing experience for the children, we all thoroughly enjoyed it”.