Outdoor carol service to be held in flood-hit city
A special outdoor carol service has been arranged at the weekend for all communities across flood-hit Carlisle.
The event will take place this Sunday (20 December) at 3pm outside St Aidan’s church - which was, itself, badly flooded - on the city’s Warwick Road.
It has been organised by the Carlisle Churches Flood Relief Team in collaboration with the Rev’d Keith Teasdale, the Priest-in-Charge of St Aidan’s.
Miriam Lowe, from Youth With a Mission and who is also helping co-ordinate the churches’ response to the floods in the city, said: “Despite all that has been endured in these past days, we want to join together as a community to look forward in hope of what is to come.
“This will also be a time of thankfulness for all who have worked together and a time of blessing for all those affected.”
The city’s Salvation Army band will lead worship and the Rev’d Teasdale will speak at the carol service. Not only was his church flooded but the vicarage where Keith and his wife, Sandra, live was also badly damaged.
He said: “This is an opportunity for us all to come together across the city and to hold in our prayers all those affected.
“I fully appreciate and understand how confused and angry people may feel by what has happened but at times like this it is even more important to demonstrate our Christian witness.
“Yes, our vicarage was flooded, but we are in a more fortunate position than many others in Carlisle so we must continue to do what we can for them.
“The carol service is just one way that we can help our community come together in these difficult times as well as providing everyone an opportunity to give thanks for the help, generosity and concern shown to the people of Cumbria.”
Meanwhile church teams and volunteers continue to be heavily involved with the immediate aid and support being offered across all those communities affected.
As the county moves into the recovery period further discussions between church leaders and council officers and volunteer networks are ongoing as to the help that church families will provide in coming months.
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For more on the Cumbria Flood Appeal click here.
The Diocese of Carlisle has also issued a prayer for all those affected by the Cumbria floods:
Creator God, we remember at this time all those whose homes and communities have been damaged by flooding in Cumbria.
In the name of Jesus we give thanks for the courage and dedication of the emergency services who have come to the help and rescue of all in need.
We celebrate the kindness of neighbours in caring for the most vulnerable.
Lastly, we ask in the power of your healing Spirit to rebuild not just the physical communities which are coping with many problems today but also to give us a sense of trust in your goodness through the kindnesses of one another, in Your Holy Name.
For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.