Crib services

Once again two Crib Services were held on 24th December at the Church. With the enthusiasm for this service it is not possible to accommodate everyone at once and this year nearly 280 children of all ages attended the services.This year the service was specifically designed by Reader Gillian Kern for both services, and she and Rev Ian Smith conducted the services.

Gillian Kern (left) and Rev Ian Smith being helped by read the poem.
Children process around the Church as they sing "Little Donkey" before placing the characters in the crib.

It centred around The Christmas Poem by Bob Hartman, which explained the different aspects associated with the birth of Jesus including why Mary was chosen to bear Jesus, the shepherds and wise men. The service also had some lovely illustrations from the book. As the service progressed the children came up with the characters they had been given before the service e.g. donkeys, cows, shepherds etc. to place them carefully in the crib. Children of all ages clearly enjoyed the two services and especially the rousing carols and the active participation in the service with the procession.

Gillian Kern helps children to place the different characters into the crib. The picture on the right shows the crib with all characters in place