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Ruby Sprott lights the fourth advent candle

Angels bring the good news

cast waiting for the start

Dorothy Paterson reads the story

Ruby Sprott as a one of the three wise men

Kings give their gifts

Nativity Play  -  20 December 2015

Some of our players prepare befiore the show
Festive cheer welcomed visitors, with the Christmas tree shining brightly and the church decorated with colourful garlands, holly and candles. This was the day the Sunday School children and supporting adult cast presented that age old story of the birth of Jesus. Eileen Marchant provided the music for the carols on piano and organ.

We started with our favourite hymn 'Christmas is coming', with Ruby Sprott  lighting the fourth advent candle. After singing 'Love came down at Christmas', the lights dimmed, and the tree lights switched off. We plunged into darkness. The scene for the story was set.

Our narrator told us how the earth was in darkness, with people using candles to make it look like daytime. God saw that the earth was stuck, like a clock at midnight. Our children walked in, led by Angel Gabriel played by Charlie Sprott, supported by Emily and Jessica Ketchen, with candles lit. God knew they could not see and were frightened, so He shattered the darkness with sunlight, in our case the lights switching on again. God also sent his only son into our world.

We sang 'Hark The Herald Angels sing' before hearing about Mary, played by Abby Robertson with child, and Joseph, played by Rebecca Robertson being visited by the angel that Mary would be the mother of God's Son.

After ' O come all ye Faithful' we followed Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem for the census, and how they could find no accommodation, other than a smelly stable.

We heard from Luke 2 v6 and 7 before singing 'O little town of Bethlehem'.  As Mary held her new born son the angels visited some shepherds, with John Sprott, who saw the star that would lead them to the new born king. Further readings from Luke and singing 'It came upon a midnight clear' followed by 'Silent Night Holy night' saw the shepherds reach the stable.

We met the 'star-watchers', who we know as the three wise men, with Ruby Sprott. They also found and followed the star. As they gave their gifts to the newborn king we sang 'As with gladness', and 'Once in Royal David's City'.

The finale with all our cast of players

After the blessing we finished with 'Away in a manger'.

A great presentation by the Sunday School children and teachers which was greatly appreciated with a round of applause for the cast.