In St Margaret's Church
There was a joyful return to St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey on Monday, for Westminster City School’s popular annual Carol Service.
Students and staff were joined by a number of parents/carers to enjoy festive readings, music and songs at the church of the House of Commons, after last year’s service had to move online.
Following a welcome by our Headteacher and an opening prayer by our School Chaplain, this year’s Carol Service then involved a reading in Spanish by our Head of Modern Foreign Languages, plus readings by students in Years 7, 8, 12 and 13. Musical highlights included our School wind band with Deck the Halls and In the Bleak Midwinter, our School Choir singing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and The Manger of Bethlehem performed by our Choir and our orchestra.
Towards the end of this year’s Carol Service, there was a brief talk by Andrew Hollingsworth from The Passage. A collection at our Carol Service will be donated to The Passage, a local charity working to help homeless people leave the streets, return to work and take on a constructive role in society. Donations can still be made via Parent Pay.
Rev Steve Taylor, our School Chaplain said: “Our Carol Service was a festive and joyful occasion, enabling everyone to take part in an important act of worship, sing some fantastic carols, and donate to a very deserving cause.”
While last year’s Carol Service moved online due to pandemic restrictions, this year’s event saw parents/carers seated separately and all members of the congregation wearing face coverings to help keep everyone in our community safe.