A Christmas Carol with a new spin

by Nancy Blackie

Despite being written in 1843, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a timeless story that remains an everlasting classic, and was, in fact, his own personal favourite out of all his works.

The Church of the Epiphany Oakville and St. Elizabeth’s Burlington are putting a new spin on their joint Carol Service to present a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol on Sunday, December 10th at 3:00 p.m.

The afternoon will include readers and choirs from both parishes, as well as guests—soloist Jill Gibson from Dunnville and trumpeter, Burlington’s Natalie O’Donnell. Hot cider and tasty treats will be served during intermission!

As a popular author in demand, Charles Dickens toured extensively around England. During this time he became keenly aware of the plight of children working in appalling conditions in tin mines or industrial institutions while receiving little or no education.

Rather than trying to appeal to the public through articles or speeches, Dickens became inspired to write of the children’s poverty-stricken lives through story-form.

After A Christmas Carol was published, Dickens began touring with presentations of the dramatic reading, donating the proceeds to charities, promoting education and health.

In view of this, there will be a free will offering which will go towards supporting the Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton.

We invite you to get into the spirit of Christmas by joining us for a great afternoon of storytelling and music!

The event will be held at The Church of the Epiphany, 141 Bronte Rd, Oakville. For more information, contact the church office (905-827-2546), epiphanyoffice@cogeco.net or epiphanyoakville.com

Nancy Blackie is a member of The Church of the Epiphany.