The Salvation Army, here in Chatham, has been host to the Medway District Cubs Carol Service for many years. Nobody seems to know how many, but it is a lot! (Can anyone tell us?)
On Wednesday evening this happy event once again took place in our Hall. Approximately 200 cub scouts and leaders gathered and looked (and sounded) very enthusiastic. The evening was led by our own KAOS leader, Tracy Wood, who seemed completely at ease in maintaining order!
Six familiar Christmas carols were sung with great gusto by the boys and girls and these included ‘O little town of Bethlehem’, ‘Hark the Herald Angels sing’ and ‘O come all ye Faithful’ amongst others. Our own children’s music sections took part, the Singing Company (Carolynn Woodman) contributing ‘Born in the Night’ and ‘Happy Birthday’ whilst the Young People’s Band (Nigel Lockwood) brought ‘Nativity Swing’.
During the service the various decades of the 20th century were portrayed by local cub packs who highlighted the historic events of each period. Some of those are shown here.
The ‘Puppets’ were present to enact the Christmas message which is always a popular feature. Grandma, Molly, Lucy and Thomas were in great form! See if you can guess which is which from the photographs.
At the close of the service, following the final carol in which christingles were brought to the platform, the Medway cubs presented The Salvation Army with a ‘scouting’ picture to hang in our building, recognizing the long standing association between the the Chatham Corps and the Baden Powell movement. This was received by Tracy and Nigel on behalf of the Corps.