My church, St Peter's Shipley, staged our second 'Walking Nativity' on Sunday afternoon (another event that might well become a tradition). For those not familiar with the concept, it involves a walk of about a mile through the local streets, starting at our church and ending in a large farm barn (which happily belongs to some members of our congregation.) We stop every now and again to sing a carol and watch actors (mostly members of our Youth Group) enact a scene from the Christmas Story ...with a modern twist.
We saw Joseph packing his rucksack for a long journey with Mary, pondering what the angel had told him about the child soon to be born. We heard the Innkeeper's tale and the Shepherd's tale, we saw the Magi carrying gifts for a King and finally we watched the magical scene in the stable as everyone came to see the baby. Wonderful!
"For to us a child is born... and he will be called Wonderful Counsellor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6