By Jennifer Lantz, Nashua Reporter
“Take two” and “let’s go through that one more time” were just a few of the sounds which were heard as the Little Brown Church filmed its first Old-Fashioned Christmas Service on Saturday evening.
Pastor Drew McHolm led the evening with his “new love,” his new Victorian hat. The congregation and many visitors, some as far away as Rochester, were in attendance to be part of the filming of the service which will be available on DVD at a later date.
The evening was not all about the filming though, it was also a fun and inventive way to celebrate the holiday season and Jesus’ birth.
The Little Brown Church’s choir sang “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” and “There Will Always be a Christmas.” Visitors joined in singing Christmas carols like “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” and “The First Noel.”
Christmas Scriptures were read by Merle Cook, Julie Bell and Sonja Fisher. A special treat for the congregation was when Gerald Slessor read “The Christmas Guest.”
The many soloists were dressed in Victorian outfits to add to the historical theme.
Soloists were “Christmas Hallelujah” by Jesse Boatright McHolm, “Mary Did You Know?” and “Nestor The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey” by Rachelle Renee Wells Bobenmoyer, “O Holy Night” by Andrea Tiemessen and “Newborn King” by the Rev. McHolm.
Other solos included “Go Tell It On The Mountain” by Lilah Slessor on violin, “Christmas Medley” by Jared George on trumpet and a duet with the Rev. Drew and Jesse McHolm singing “What I’m Thankful For.”
After the service with candles the congregation turned around to wave and sing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” so the film crew could film through the arched doors.
The Little Brown Church Choir also took a moment to sing “Silent Night” on the church steps for the film crew to get the perfect shot of the evening.
A big thank you went out to Betty Orric who was the organist for the evening and does so much for the church. She was gifted with a flower arrangement.
After the service there were refreshments, treats and many people visiting those they have not seen for a while.
To request a copy of the special Old-Fashioned Christmas service, watch for announcements on the church’s Facebook page when it comes available.