On Saturday, December 19th, the children were invited to take part in a dress rehearsal for the Church Christmas play. Then on Sunday, December 20th, the children planned to preform the Christmas play for the church, during the 10 AM worship service. Unfortunately, due to illness and conflicting holiday schedules, we couldn’t quite pull together a Christmas play. However, the children did take part in a short Christmas program on Sunday, December 20th after the offertory. Mary, Joseph, two angels, a lamb, two shepherds, and a wise man made it a great show.
The kids all met downstairs in the Preschool and Nursery rooms. After putting on their costumes, the older children practiced their lines, while the younger children played toys and ate candy canes. At 10:40 AM, Sarah Beck and Angie Allee escorted the kids upstairs to the Narthex. The boys and girls lined up in order and waited for their turn to walk down the Nave to the front of the sanctuary.
The Holy Family went first. Mary, Joseph and Jesus lead the way. They walked down the aisle to Away in the Manger. Then two angels followed, as the congregation sang Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Two shepherds and a lamb walked down the aisle to Oh Come All Ye Faithful. And finally, the wise man finished the processional with We Three Kings. The kids all stood at the front of the church, while one of the angels read a reading from the Gospel of Luke Two [Luke 2: 1-7]. Then one of the shepherds leaned over the railing and told Sarah Beck he had to go potty. Sarah took the shepherd to the potty, while Joseph read Part Two [Luke 2: 8-14].
Joseph didn’t want the audience to see that he was reading his lines from a paper, so he stapled it to the inside of his sleeve. And when it was Joseph’s turn to read, he held his arm in front of his face and read to the congregation through his robe. He then decided to sing the last line ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on Earth peace among those whom he favors” on a whim. It was an amazing performance!