There will be a second chance to enjoy Car Park Carols at Tesco supermarket in Marlborough on Sunday December 12. Organisers from the town’s Emmanuel Church have laid on an extra service, at 5.30pm, after the first nativity celebration at 4.30pm was booked up quickly by families eager to enjoy traditional carols in an unusual setting. Admission is free but a car park space must be booked here.
The service will feature favourite family carols, musicians, a choir - and the three Wise Men arriving by supermarket trolley ‘camels’, following a star to the baby Jesus. There will be mince pies donated by Tesco and a prize for the best decorated car.
Emmanuel’s Pastor, Reuben Mann, said, “We are delighted that Car Park Carols has proved so popular for a second year running. “Please do come along and join us to sing out and celebrate the good news of our Saviour’s birth at the top of your voices.”
Emmanuel first staged Car Park Carols last year as a way of engaging people in the Christmas message during lockdown. It enabled participants to celebrate the nativity in a socially distanced way from the safety of their cars and was so popular that a second service was staged immediately after the first.
“Townspeople told us how much they enjoyed taking part and hearing the carol singing ringing out across the town so we decided to do the same again this year,” said Reuben Mann. “We are very grateful to everyone at Tesco for enabling it to happen.
Emmanuel Church was started six years ago by churches in nearby towns to share the good news about Jesus Christ. Emmanuel has grown since then, with families attracted by children’s groups both during their Sunday afternoon services at Christchurch, New Road, and midweek.”
Emmanuel will also be holding a traditional carol service on December 19 at 4pm in Christchurch, Marlborough, and an all-age service at 9am on Christmas Day at Christchurch. All welcome. For details click here or phone Pastor Reuben Mann on 01672 700404.