St Albans Church

Join St. Albans for Christmas Carols Dec. 3

St. Albans is welcoming in the holiday season with our annual Christmas Carol service this December 3 at 7pm. Although it’s only the second Sunday of Advent and still three weeks away from Christmas, it’s a great way to get into the festive spirit, come together with the community and sing your favourite carols.

St Albans church, at the corner of Daly and King Edward in the heart of Sandy Hill, is unique with its mix of traditional and contemporary music and the Christmas Carol service is no exception. The service will be an evening of Lessons and Carols with a band, church choir and lots of opportunities for singing. Donations from the service will go towards Centre 454, a drop-in support for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the basement of St. Albans, and The Ottawa Mission, a shelter and support centre for the city’s homeless.


“The Christmas Carol Service is a great way for anyone to take a break from their busy life and enjoy the peace and joy of the Christmas season,” says Rev. Mark Whittall, priest of St. Albans. “For students, it’s an opportunity to relax and sing some carols before the stress of exams begins. And it’s a great way to support two of our great neighbourhood organizations.”

Last year, the Christmas Carol service brought out a busy, engaged crowd from around the city. Some were first time church-goers, others interested in exploring different church carol services or just wanting to sing. Juliana Colwell, a St. Albans parishioner who has attended the past few Christmas Carol services, says the community aspect is her favourite part.

“People come together and sing their heart out, or just listen and enjoy the joyful music, it’s a great evening to get together with the community to celebrate Christmas,” Juliana says. “When I first came to St. Albans, I felt welcomed and valued. That’s the thing I really like about this church because no matter what your background is, you’re accepted, you’re welcomed and you are part of the community. You especially feel that at this service, and we hope to see a great turnout again this year and of course, everyone is welcome!”

We invite you to join us for our Christmas Carol service on Sunday December 3 at 7pm.  

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