The Christmas Carol Project CD

A traditional way of spreading Christmas cheer is through the act of caroling, however, during a pandemic that may be difficult to do, especially to the elderly population. First Assembly in Rapid City found a way to spread Christmas cheer without spreading the germs.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Caroling is a long time tradition during the Christmas season, a chance to share joyful songs and spread a message of love, but with nursing homes shut down to visitors this season.

First Assembly Rapid City decided to bring residents the music in the form of a CD called The Christmas Carol Project.

Christmas Project CD, courtesy Facebook

The Christmas Carol Project CD, courtesy Facebook

Christmas Project CD, courtesy Facebook

Ben Loper, First Assembly Worship Pastor, says, “That is our hope that this CD would truly be something that when people listen to it they are reminded maybe of songs they heard growing up, but more importantly they experience God’s love and his presence and the reason that Jesus came is because to give hope to the world and so we are just excited to give that to people and especially during this year.”

The CD features artists from the church singing and playing traditional Christmas carols with an added chorus to the songs to capture the caroling experience.

Ben Loper, First Assembly

Ben Loper, First Assembly

Ben Loper, First Assembly

There is also an encouraging Christmas message from the pastor.

Over 900 CDs are being delivered to numerous senior living facilities around town, offering a light of hope during what may be a difficult time.

Loper loads CDs to be delivered

Loper loads CDs to be delivered

Loper loads CDs to be delivered

Loper says, “I have a friend that said, that music cuts to the heart without asking for permission and to me that is one of the greatest things about music is that we can offer a message of hope with music and hopefully bring encouragement and life to those who haven been able to see their family, haven’t been able to give experience the loving arms of a son or daughter and so hopefully they can experience the love of Christ in that way.”

Carly & Ben Loper of First Assembly deliver CDs

Carly & Ben Loper of First Assembly deliver CDs

Carly & Ben Loper of First Assembly deliver CDs

First Assembly is extending the spirit of the season one CD at a time.

You can help to support this project by purchasing the album on Amazon, iTunes and more.

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