Once again we are going on a ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ this Christmas.
A Journey to Bethlehem is a short re-enactment of the journey Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem on the first Christmas, complete with angels, shepherds and kings, and led by a star and a donkey!
At 6.30pm on Wednesday, December 8, two groups of adults and children will meet at St Mark’s and St George’s, and make their way to St John’s, following the star and with a donkey for Mary. Among the groups will be shepherds, angels, kings, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, and on the way they will meet more members of the traditional Nativity cast, including an innkeeper with no room at the inn, and a star to guide them.
Everyone is invited to join them on the route and to join in the carol singing as they go.
The two groups will converge on St John’s for a short service, followed by refreshments.
Lesley Crawley said: “This will be a lovely reminder of the Christmas story for children and adults alike. Come and join us as we remember the journey that Mary and Joseph had to make, and Jesus’s humble birth when God came to earth in human form. Another name for Jesus is ‘Emmanuel’ which means ‘God with us’ and that is just what this Christmas story is all about.”
Everyone is invited to arrive at either St Mark’s or St George’s at 6.30pm, ready to journey to St John’s. Children are particularly encouraged to wear nativity costumes with suitable footwear for winter weather. There will be marshals but please also bring torches to light the way.