Children in the small town of Epworth in North Lincolnshire are being encouraged to showcase their writing skills by entering a Christmas Carol competition.
The competition has been launched by Epworth’s Old Rectory, the historic childhood home of John and Charles Wesley - the founders of the Methodist Church.
Charles Wesley was a prolific hymn writer with some 6,000 published and approximately 3,000 unpublished, and now youngsters are being asked to add their twist to one of his best know Christmas Carols - Hark The Herald Angels Sing.
Entrants must rewrite the words to the hymn and use the same tune, without exceeding five verses, or keep the original words and write a new tune in the manner of joy or praise for Christmas.
The competition is open to youngsters in two age categories - seven to 11 and 12 to 18 – and entries can come from schools, Brownies, Guides, Cubs, Scouts and other youth groups.
The winners will perform their hymn at a special Carol Service to be held at the Wesley Memorial Methodist Church in Epworth on Wednesday 7 December. They will also receive prizes, including a tour of the Old Rectory.
Entries must be sent in by Friday 11 November. For more details on the competition and application forms, visit epwortholdrecetory.org.uk.
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