Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Events

Joseph and his conscience
Our church for several years now has held a huge Christmas event for families called Christmas Steps.  I wrote about it 3 years ago. It is a great event with a huge effort put in by many volunteers. It is based around a tour of the Christmas story in scenes, this year had: Mary travelling, Joseph relating Mary’s pregnancy news, the shepherds hearing from the angels, the baby and his parents in the stable and then the wise men travelling along. It is performed with acting skits and popular music changed to fit the purpose. It is very well done, always entertaining for both children and adults and tells the first Christmas while also explaining the significance of it.
The angel Gabriel & the heavenly host

To complement it there are various activities to do around the church grounds – crafts, face painting, petting zoo and food stalls etc. The entire event is free (with the exception of food purchased), and as you can probably imagine a huge team is need to put it on, around 80 people. God is indeed very kind, and this year 472 people registered for a tour, of whom 281 were visitors (not church members). The people we have invited over the years have always been amazed at the scale of the event, the quality of the tour and and the fact it is all free.

The yard full of activities
Fun face painting

That was last weekend’s major church event.

This weekend was carols – four services over two days held in the church, with wonderful singing and a clear presentation of the gospel.

Great singing led by marvellous voices

The church was dark and lit with fairy lights, it looked great.
Praise God for the creativity and energy of many of his faithful saints.

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