Christmas Eve is with us and we have some opportunities to celebrate if you’re looking for something to do today!
Our nativity trail is still active around the parish – for half an hour’s fun start out at the vicarage (2 Glenhurst Road) and find the seven nativity characters on lampposts between Glenhurst Road and Moorhead Lane, with thoughts and questions along the way. Look out for the tinsel to guide your route!
The Jesse Tree: the Christmas story is part of a much bigger story and we’ve been looking at a different person in this bigger story every day in December and hung items (some created by families) representing each person on the tree at the entrance to the church car park, to make a giant Jesse Tree. At the end of the nativity trail, you can have a look at the Jesse Tree and see if you can guess what Bible characters the items might relate to. Recordings of church members telling the stories of all the characters are on our YouTube channel here – pick the ‘Jesse Tree’ playlist.
You will also notice some very special Christmas trees which have been made for this year and are by the lower entrance to the car park, near the main entrance to the churc. This is our Star Project – we would love it if you could make a star – any star – out of any materials you have hanging around at home! – and hang it on our tree today, ready to help spread the light of Christmas in our parish. You’ll find out more about this in our Crib Service this afternoon too!
The Crib Service is a much-loved tradition at St Peter’s on Christmas Eve and although we sadly can’t have lots and lots of people gathering together in church for it this year, there will be a Crib Service online this afternoon at 4pm which we’re really looking forward to. Do join us here on YouTube to enjoy it.
If you would like a traditional carol service to get you in the Christmas mood, you can enjoy our service from Sunday evening again over a sherry and mince pie at home – the good thing about pre-recorded YouTube services is you can always watch them again later! You’ll find the carol service here.
Also, if you missed it on Sunday, you can still enjoy Messy Christmas with crafts (including a Christingle), singing and story which can be watched and joined in with here.
Whatever you do today, have a great day preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus!