Day 21 the final step

We finally made it! Mary and Joseph arrived in Stone Church during the Crib Service on Christmas Eve and have now taken their place in the stable beneath the altar. There were so many of you who came to welcome them that it really did feel like a homecoming. Thankyou everybody who came. We believe it was approximately 200 adults and children. Thankyou also to all the households that offered hospitality along the way.

Thankyou as well to everyone who took part in the service – readers, angels, shepherds, wise men, and our live Mary and Joseph too.

Although the presents will have all been unwrapped, the turkeys cooked, and the last carols sung, this is just the beginning. God’s son came into the world and his spirit is still with us. One day he will return and we must always be prepared for his coming.

Happy day after Christmas
And merry rest of the year
Even when Christmas is over
The light of the world is still here

(from ‘Happy Day after Christmas’ by Matthew West)

During the Crib service we placed our figures of the wise men at a distance from the stable because they are still travelling. We know that Jesus was a young child by the time they found him. We will be celebrating their arrival in our ALL AGE FAMILY SERVICE at 10.30am on 7th January. Everyone is welcome !

PS If you have thoughts of your own on our posada or Advent preparation in general please send them in to our website.

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