Carols by Streetlight
Carols by Streetlight was birthed out of Rostrevor Baptist Church in Adelaide in 2014, when Astrid was inspired by God to start a movement of Christians singing the Gospel to their neighbourhoods. It started with two groups of carollers in 2014, who discovered that people would come out of their houses to say thanks or just spend a moment to enjoy a carol. “From this, we knew that the community were eager to share in the joy of Christmas”. Carols by Streetlight has now grown to a group of Christians from many denominations (Baptist, Uniting, Anglican, Salvation Army and ACC) and many walks of life (pastors, leaders, professionals etc) who desire to see people across Australia reconnect with the true meaning of Christmas.
Carols by Streetlight groups are easy to organise, and anyone can get involved regardless of age or denomination. They have produced a website at http://carolsbystreetlight.org/ to help you to organise and prepare to go out singing in your neighbourhood. This includes how to decide where to sing, suggested songs, reminders about council regulations to check up on, and other resources to invite others to sing with you.
Their prayer is “that churches nationwide will join with us by sending groups out into their local neighbourhood (the week before Christmas Day) so as many people around Australia will hear and be blessed by the amazing gift of Jesus’ birth.”
Crossover thinks this is a great example of people getting out into the local community at Christmas time to share the message of Jesus. It would be easy for a small church, or small group/life group to get involved with as the recommended group size is 5-10.