Our annual Christmas Remembrance Carol Service was held at Trinity Methodist Church in Chelmsford city centre on Friday. We arranged the service, an uplifting mix of choir and carol singing, to assist those recently bereaved or who struggle to cope at this time of year.
Candles were lit at the start of the service, in memory of the lost loved ones of the hundreds who attended, and later personal messages were hung from a specially blessed Christmas tree which will remain at the church over the festive period. An air of poignancy fell over those gathered as Royal British Legion trumpets and a Standard Bearer performed The Last Post accompanied a lone piper.
One attendee said; “This is my first Remembrance Service, and it was just lovely. As a regular member of the Co-op’s bereavement club too, I feel in a much better place emotionally than I thought I would be this Christmas. That’s thanks to both my family and Chelmsford Star.”
The service ended with mulled wine and mince pies, as the congregation gathered with our team in the nearby Link Hall to share memories and swap stories.
Many people find this time of year difficult. If you know of someone struggling, why not give them a call on Christmas Day? Alternatively, remember we are available 24/7, either via freephone 0800 028 48 08 or online.