Advent Christmas Pageant 2018

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We look forward to seeing you for the annual Christmas Pageant this upcoming Sunday, December 16 at 10 am!   The hope the that the Christmas pageant will be a way to introduce our kids to the Christmas story, the fellowship and joy of intergenerational church, and teach about responsibility and trying out new things. It should be a fun-family friendly day of worship!

This year, the Christmas pageant will feature a hymn sing and storytelling from a new Bible: Growing in God’s Love, A Story Bible edited by Elizabeth Caldwell and Carol A. Wehrheim. The last story is from the Storybook Bible by Desmond Tutu.

We will have a lot of hymn singing, so we encourage hearty voices!

Here are a few notes especially for visitors with kids:

Are you a child who is new today or wasn’t able to make it to a rehearsal? You are welcome to take an extra costume from the back.  You can be an angel, a shepherd or a sheep.  You enter during the 4th story (Surprise visitors) with the other kids. 

Did you come early at 8 am (older) or 9 am (younger) to practice?

Please grab your costume in Room 511 (5th floor) and then meet us in the sanctuary. We will take a picture of everyone in the sanctuary at 9:45 a.m. Please be in your seats after the photo.

Is there a celebration after the service?  Yes!  We invite everyone from the congregation (not just families) to Peter Marshall Hall on the 5th floor for special treats, to take pictures, and to share in Christmas cheer. 

A special note for sheep:  We love that our youngest children play the sheep. We hope you will allow them to graze around the front of the sanctuary and enjoy the spirit of the pageant story.  It is what sheep do! Other animals are welcome too! 

When does my child in lower elementary and PreK play their part? Where should they sit?

All children PreK-Lower Elementary enter during the fourth story, Surprise Visitors.  Angels have 1 line:  “Do not be afraid.”  Younger children should sit with their guardians ideally in the first four rows where they can see and participate in the church! Sheep are welcome to sit in the front of the pews and roam free.  (Free range sheep.)

Where should older child/ youth sit? Upper Elementary and Youth Students who have practiced are invited to sit in the choir loft up front. 

We look forward to seeing you!  There is A LOT more information of rehearsals etc, so if you are looking for more detailed information, please email Alice.tewell@nyapc.org.

Happy Advent!

Alice

 

 

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