The evening started with a short walk to All Hallows where we were treated to a sparkling display of lights, whilst the nearby skyscraper buildings did their bit with coloured lights reflected in the clear night sky.
We entered the warm ambience of All Hallows which was founded in 675AD and has had a long and varied history, from being the temporary burial place for those beheaded on Tower Hill, to surviving the Great Fire of London in 1666. William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, was baptised in the church and John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States was married here in 1797.
Today All Hallows serves the City community and has an international ministry through its relationships with churches worldwide.
The service was a joy and we all sang our hearts out with some well known and loved carols ably led by the St. Dunstan’s College Chapel Choir whose rendition of ‘Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day’ was an absolute delight.
After the service our singing was handsomely rewarded with mulled wine and mince pies. We left with a warm glow, one or two to return home, whilst most of us decamped to the adjacent restaurant for a scrumptious festive supper and over a glass or two of wine, enjoyed a very convivial evening.
Many thanks to the Master for organising a very pleasant evening and getting us all into the festive spirit of Christmas.