ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution

Full house for ASSIST's Carol Service

Extra chairs had to be brought in to accommodate friends and supporters of ASSIST at this year’s Carol Service, held at St Mary’s Church on Bramall Lane on 9th December.

In a fresh take on the nativity story, Herod looked eerily like a banker, and his henchmen bore more than a passing resemblance to G4S staff shooing the holy family off their turf. However, ASSIST Egypt were on hand to offer welcome and support when the family arrived seeking refuge. A pantomime camel with six legs stole the show as it made its way through the church.

During the final carol and the blessing, everyone in the congregation held a lit candle. A lovely moment of togetherness for asylum seekers, refugees, ASSIST volunteers and supporters.

A special thank you and Merry Christmas to St Mary’s, to the many volunteers who worked hard to organise this very special event, to the wonderful Umubano choir and to accompanist Cath Draper, to the friends and supporters of ASSIST who flocked to the service, and to everyone who contributed to the food we shared afterwards.