Festive carol singing and signing by the Les Amis Choir will be returning to the Town Church on Saturday 4th December after a two-year absence.
Sadly, due to concerns about rising cases of Covid-19, the Les Amis Christmas Carol Service will not be open to the public and will instead be filmed for broadcast closer to Christmas.
However, that’s not curbed the enthusiasm of the residents and service users who make up the Les Amis Choir. Since October they have been practicing their carols and cannot wait to perform in the Church after last getting together for the service in 2019.
Jason Loveless, Head of Support Services and Choir Coordinator, said: “After the last 20 months, being able to celebrate with our residents and service users in the run up to Christmas is fantastic and we hope to be spreading Christmas cheer to as many people as possible by sharing clips from the service over the next few weeks before we broadcast the whole service in the week before Christmas. The choir have put in long hours rehearsing for this event, making sure their performance of Christmas favourites will put everyone who watches them in the mood.”
The Les Amis Carol Service has helped to mark the start of Christmas for many years and the charity is passionate about keeping the tradition alive while also remaining within the Covid-19 guidelines. With the rising number of cases, the charity decided to film the service rather than have large numbers of people in the Town Church.
Shaun Findlay, Managing Director of Les Amis, added: “The safety of our residents, staff and supporters is our priority but we also want to ensure they can get together and celebrate the start of the Christmas season in the best way possible. The Choir has worked exceptionally hard thanks to the commitment from Jason, without whom we would not be able to put the service on.”
The service will be led by The Very Reverend Mike Keirle, Dean of Jersey, and will be shown on the Les Amis Facebook page.