Westminster Abbey Carols
Whitehall Carol Service in 2021
Tonight Christians in Government are holding their annual Westminster Abbey Carol Service from 6.30 to 7.30pm. This promises to be a wonderful event in which members of the civil service gather together with Ministers, MPs and representatives of the foreign diplomatic community. As usual there will be a collection for charity. This year will be Webber Street Day Centre which supports the homeless. Over £55,000 has been raised at Christians in Government events since 1999 for a wide range of charities, most of which support poverty relief.
The Whitehall Carol Service is arranged for Government and the civil service by Christians in Government UK, a Civil Service staff diversity network. When speaking with Aidan Mews, their Co Chair, he said “only a 1000 civil servants will be able to attend this year due to social distancing”. In the past this Christian Workplace Group has been able to fill the Abbey with 2000 civil servants and friends. This is incredible, I wonder how many churches in our nation would be able to reach so many to celebrate the birth of Emmanuel - God with us.
As you go about your day let us be praying for Aidan and Christians in Government. For a great Christian witness and that the name of Jesus would be glorified in every government department. Pray also for Holy Spirit to woo those colleagues who are far from God closer to Jesus, that they would experience God’s love this Christmas time.
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So how has your group gone this year? The highs the lows, why don't you have one last group chat and share. It is a great practice to stop and reflect. Below is a short report one group from the Oxfordshire County Council Christian Network Group:
Plans for our traditional carol service at the Council have had to be put on hold. Most people are working from home. How can we be good news to our organisation and our colleagues at a time like this during the Christmas season?
Getting Quirky Creative at a local authority this Christmas
Meet Ofonimeh Umoh Abudu, Trustee and Director, who starts of with a few lines of Joy to the Lord and then shares her heart passion for all workplace Christians this Christmas time.
Another great Christmas song from the Christian Workplace Group in Thames Water, an inclusive organisation, allowing colleagues to express and share their faith at work for all staff.