Since 1994, GalaXies has put together an alternative carol service for the first Sunday in December. Based loosely on the King's College, Cambridge Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, the GalaXies Carol Service uses a mixture of biblical and modern readings, and tries to incorporate as much New Zealand material as possible.
The services were started by two members of GalaXies whose singing experiences in traditional carol services made them wish for a service that reflected the radical message of Christmas rather than the pomp and ceremony of the Church. We wanted to use readings that spoke of the good news to the poor and disenfranchised, and music that reflected our New Zealand culture and life in the late 20th century.
We also had a desire to form a choir that could include people who had been told when they were five that they couldn't sing! (Some of those people can now sing quite well.) The choir meets for about 10 weeks before the service, and anyone is welcome to join, provided they can attend at least 6 rehearsals.
We have also been fortunate to have a resident poet, Bronwyn White, who has presented a poem or litany each year, usually written especially for the service. In 1999 the service was structured around her five-part poem on the theme "Entertaining Angels Unawares."
1995 Songs of Liberation
1997 Freedom is Coming!