On 13 December, Langley House Trust recorded a Christmas carol service in the chapel at St Katharine’s. The service was live-streamed for people across London and the country to enjoy.
Langley House Trust is a Christian charity providing accommodation for people who are at risk of offending or who have committed offences in the past. Their vision is of “a crime-free society where no one is unfairly disadvantaged or excluded because of their past.” The charity has been running for 62 years.
Like so many organisations, this year Langley House Trust has been forced to pivot, replacing their usual live carol services to create one spectacular online show. Tracy Wild, Chief Executive, said:
“We’ve gone from 15 carol services to one online. But when there is a blocked road ahead, you need to turn left or right. We are hoping that more people will be able to watch the carol service online. We want to increase awareness of our charity and also encourage churches to watch it.”
Langley’s resident Worship Leader, Luke Hamlyn, and singer Hannah Ravenor led the band in carols including ‘Joy To The World’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ and ‘Hark The Herald Angels’. They were joined by Amy Mullholland, the violinist from Christ Church Spitalfields.
The Reverend Andy Rider, National Chaplain of Langley House Trust, spoke on Colossians I – an early hymn that he referred to as the “first-ever Christmas carol”. There was another reading from Luke 2 verses 1-16 and a prayer from Angela Mariposa, Project Chaplain. We also heard stories from some of the clients Langley have helped and about the work they have been doing over the last year.
The carol service was a wonderful celebration to spread some Christmas joy at the end of what’s been a very challenging year for so many. The performances were stunning and the chapel at St Katharine’s, decorated with candles and a Christmas tree, looked beautiful.