Christmas is the time for giving and sharing and smiling.
I have been discussing a particular charity Christmas event since early July…so do not tell me it is too early to start ‘talking about it!’
The children’s charity Operation Smile is holding a Carols by Candlelight evening in two beautiful, old London churches:-
One in the heart of the city, St Boltolphs without Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street on Tuesday, 15th December, 2015.
The poet John Keats was baptised here in 1795 in the present font. While the city of London continues to grow higher and higher, allowing modern and expensive skyscrapers into its midst, this dear little church, the fourth since 1212, has suffered two World Wars and continues to stand its small ground.
And one in The Mayfair Church, South Audley Street on Wednesday, 9th December, 2015.
This church resembles a New England style church and was the American allies choice of worship and prayer during the 1939-1945 War. It also happens to be close to the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square.
So there you have two perfect English churches, with two different personalities yet united in presenting an evening of merry-making and money-raising for Operation Smile.
We have traditional carols, live music and special readings (poetry, prose, verse and books) by celebrated (I prefer this word to celebrity) guests, all by candlelight in these two-tiered, charming churches.
Then afterwards join the happy crowd for mince pies and mulled wine.
In the meantime the money raised from these evenings will continue to provide children born with clefts in the developing world the free, safe surgery they need.
So, in a (chest) nut shell! you are allowing these children to live and to smile; you have the opportunity and the ability to change their future forever. What could be better? The more the merrier.
Please come and join us, meet wonderful, dedicated people, and let’s raise the roof (metaphorically), raise a glass (carefully) and raise lots of money (literally)!
Thank You for reading, listening and sharing…