Parish Nativity Service 2016
Imagine the scene in St Peter’s Church Walton. A beautifully adorned church with a full congregation of proud parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and friends and a group of young actors anxiously awaiting to play their part in the story of Christmas. We listened as the angel was on high in the pulpit narrating the Christmas story, whilst our church warden Doreen was on her knees prompting the children when and where to move. Mary and Joseph made their way to the rear of the church where the star of the event, our real live donkey, was waiting to be led by the children to the stable.
The leading shepherd with his real live dog in sheep’s’ clothing, the choir and a toddler wheeling her ‘sheep’ in a pram down the aisle to the Nativity scene added a sprinkle of stardust to this wonderful performance by the children who took part.
There was hardly a dry eye in the house looking upon the scene as the children only sang ‘Away in a Manger’ to a hushed congregation, reminding us all of why we celebrate Christmas.
‘Bless all the dear children in your tender care, and fit us for heaven to live with you there.’
Following the service, there were refreshments including mulled wine, mince pies and stolen cake served from our wonderful new kitchen facility.
Our grateful thanks are extended to all those who organised the event and The Donkey sanctuary who once again loaned us one of their donkeys which made our service so special.
I wonder as you walked home from this service did you enjoy it too, enough to return another Sunday? We would love to see you at St Peter’s and you can be sure to receive a warm welcome.