Each year our church puts on an event called Christmas Steps. It's designed for primary school kids and their families. It is a massive undertaking with a team of ~100. Church members bring the children in their extended families and many invite school friends to come along.
The main part of the event is a tour. Set in various locations around the church grounds, groups are given an insight into some part of the Christmas story. Each section had a mini play and a song attached to it, with rewrites of songs spanning ABBA and The Pretenders.
Here are some of this year's tour highlights:
|Our Roman centurion leading us to Bethlehem for the census|
|Mary arriving in Bethlehem|
|Joseph and his psychiatrist after he found out Mary was pregnant|
|The shepherds in the shearing shed|
|The angels singing "I love him" (think Sister Act) to the shepherds|
|The wise men (camping outside Jerusalem), singing up a storm|
|Mary and Joseph in the stable|
Of course, you want to be able to entertain people while they wait for their tour to start, so the rest of the site was set up a little like a funfair, with a Roman centurion theme.
|A petting zoo|
|A nativity scene set up for kids to dress up in and have their photos taken. Proper copies of the photos were given out 20 mins later, with a bible verse printed on them.|
|Many craft activities: clay bowls, bracelets, decorations, angels - all decorated with bible verses about Jesus.|
Great work guys!