An Amazing 2017 Christmas Eve
Christmas has come and gone for another year and our St Paul’s Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant is still being talked about.
Under the leadership of our Locum Priest and his wife, Lynton and Jeanette, this devoted couple lead us in a spiritual journey to tell the Nativity story in a different and uplifting way.
The fun started when, upon entering the church, everyone was greeted by angels and shepherds handing out star halos to children and whistles and poppers to the adults.
The children who attended the service were mesmerised by the dancing, singing and hand waving. The ones seated down the front crept closer and closer to the scene behind the alter rail as it built with players. They all gazed at the real, live baby Jesus, angels and shepherds. They were caught up in the new slant on this old story.
After The Angel Gabriel visited Mary and Joseph the shepherds started herding their imaginary sheep through the centre of the church bleating loudly. Adults laughed and joined in letting off the poppers when Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus echoed through the church as angels in glittering gold and feathered wings sashayed down the central isle.
Everyone joined in and danced in their place as we all sang the “Bethlehem Bop” and happily sang verses of the old Christmas favourites. Fr Lynton led us all with his enthusiastic guitar playing.
We celebrated the Joy of Christmas in wonderful style and each child received a gift at the end of the service. Special thanks to two amazing cooks from our congregation who made the fun shaped biscuits that the children received.
Everyone enjoyed presenting the Christmas Story to a packed church and it was a magical night that makes wonderful memories for everyone involved.