Hundreds of people visited the Monavale Homestead over the weekend as Capernwray New Zealand put on their annual Carols by Candlelight event. With about 350 people attending each night, centre director Peter Bichan said the event was once again a success, pulling in similar numbers to last year, and described it as a great way to kick off the festive season.
“It was a lovely, dry night,” he said, relieved that Thursday night’s showers didn’t continue onto Friday and Saturday night last week, when the event was held. “We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We had great attendance, a good supper, and the students put on some great singing.”
With the theme for the night being “light”, Capernwray’s bible school students, 30 of whom sang in the choir, put on a three-scene drama depicting the modern day challenges of living in light and dark. Following the centenary of the end of World War 1 last month, Bichan also stood and spoke on the theme of coming out of darkness and into light, also relating this to the end of the “Great War”.
Bichan said they were very happy with the strong attendance, and the spectacular evening weather which made it all the more special. “It was a wonderful start to the Christmas season,” he said.
On Wednesday evening this week the bible school students had their final graduation for the year.