In the run up to Christmas this year, St Mary’s Church Woolavington opened their doors to children from their village Primary School. Giraffe and Leopard classes (Years 3 & 4) were invited to take part in an ‘Experience Christmas’ workshop, run by a team from the local churches. After a brisk walk in the cold, the children arrived eager and ready to learn more about the Christmas story.
The Reverend Kevin Wright gave a brief introduction to the story. The children were then split into groups to explore through their senses, the story of the birth of Jesus. The 5 workshops included the news from the angel Gabriel to Mary that she would be carrying God’s child, the journey Mary and Joseph took to arrive at Bethlehem and the Shepherds’ and Kings’ gifts. They then crowded round the manger, to think about what a gift it was to receive the baby Jesus as one of us. The children returned to school excited to tell everyone all about their trip to the church.
Morey Andrews, Mission Enabler in Sedgemoor Deanery who was also part of the team commented: “Christmas Experience in Woolavington has been a wonderful opportunity for the children of the local school to engage with, in a more real and interactive way, the various characters in the Christmas story. They have been able to experience in part, what it would have been like and then ask questions to help their understanding. Putting the story into this context and retelling it hopefully will bring a better understanding when they awake on Christmas morning to open their presents.”
He added, “As for us helpers – it has been a joy to engage with the children, tell the story and remind ourselves too, of the greater meaning and significance. It’s been a brilliant way of joining two significant parts of the community together.”
Photos used with permission of Woolavington Village Primary School.
Go Team Adviser (Youth & Children) for Taunton Archdeaconry and the Reverend Kevin Wright Rector of Woolavington with Cossington and Bawdrip.