Attracting students from Homewood, Vestavia Hills and other communities, the annual Lessons and Carols show at All Saints Episcopal Church is set to return to an in-person audience on December 12.
This year’s performances will be at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., said youth music director Susie Cousins.
The show is more prophetic in nature and features Advent-themed songs and readings written from the perspective of those of the past who eagerly awaited the birth of Christ, while other Lessons and Carols shows, like that of national public radio, focus on Christmas itself, Cousins said.
The church has been teaching and singing for at least 10 years, she said. Three youth choirs are participating in the event, the youngest being the “Good Shepherd” choir, made up of children aged 3 to 6, Cousins said.
Lessons and songs
OR: All Saints Episcopal Church, 110 West Hawthorne Road
WHEN: December 12, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
COST: To free
The 8:30 a.m. service will be led by an adult choir and will also include soloists and acoustic performances, Cousins said.
Both performances are part of a fellowship service, she said.
Cousins begins to choose music in the summer. The band have rehearsed outside but are looking forward to performing this year for what is usually a large indoor audience. Last year’s performance was virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The show is free. The church is located at 110 West Hawthorne Road in Birmingham.