In 2013, we had senior members of our congregation (see photos of Wise Men and Angel) joining our young folk dressing up and acting out the Nativity (someone said they didnt get a chance when they were young…), culminating in the Manger Scene in front of the altar.
On Christmas Eve, ‘The Christmas Story’ was narrated in 3 parts through the eyes of the ‘Animals in the Barn’, seven ordinary animals (sheep, donkey, dog, calf, dove, lamb, cat) who realised the importance of each one to Baby Jesus. To ensure everyone was listening, the congregation were asked to make the appropriate animal sound when the animals of the barn were mentioned!
Carols “Little Donkey” the “Cat and Mouse” and “Away in a Manger” were sung. The service concluded with a Eucharist and the catchy tune “Come and Join the Celebration.”