37th Annual Lessons & Carols Service Conducted in a Different Format in 2020


37-Year Tradition of Lessons & Carols Continues in a Different Format This Year

WHO: Co-Sponsored by America’s National Churchill Museum – Timothy Riley, Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator; and the Center for Faith and Service – Rev. Kiva Nice-Webb, Chaplain and Director of the Center for Faith and Service

WHAT: Pre-Recorded 37th Annual Lessons & Carols Service

Patterned after the annual service at the University of Cambridge, England, Westminster College’s Festival of Lessons & Carols includes nine readings from scripture related to the Christmas story along with corresponding carols performed by area musicians.

WHEN: Available for viewing at 7 p.m. CST on Dec. 29, 2020 ― the 80th anniversary of the Second Great Fire of London, the night when the historic Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, was bombed during the Blitz in World War II.

WHERE: Via the Facebook pages of America’s National Churchill Museum and Westminster College as well as the Museum’s YouTube channel. The service will be pre-recorded from St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, on the Westminster College campus, and at other remote locations in throughout the United States and England.

WHY: Westminster is aware that beloved holiday traditions such as the College’s Annual Lessons & Carols Service are needed now more than ever. For this reason, Lessons & Carols will be pre-recorded in a socially distanced/COVID-safe environment and released to a wider public audience for their enjoyment in late December.

ABOUT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE: Founded in 1851 and home of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech, Westminster College in Fulton, MO, is ranked prestigiously by U.S. News & World Report as a National Liberal Arts College. The institution is in the top 15 percent for graduate earnings and boasts a 98 percent placement rate. Westminster also is a Forbes Best Value College. Westminster focuses on educating and inspiring students to find the power in their purpose in order to become the world leaders of tomorrow.

To find out more about Westminster, please visit our website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Sarah Backer at 573-220-9038 or Sarah.Backer@WCMO.edu.

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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.