Sunday 23 December:
Our Walking Nativity round the streets, singing carols, was a great success. We started at Wesley and walked via the neighbouring streets to the Christmas tree at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, and then to St Andrew's URC, London Road, for refreshments.
This worked really well: the traditionally dressed characters and particularly the young people as wise men, shepherds and angels; the array of animals - the donkey and her friend the Shetland pony, the sheep and goats - all well behaved.
The Church went into the local community to meet people on their doorsteps, and passers-by even in cars and buses, to share with them the joy of Christmas. A very special highlight was meeting and greeting 3-day-old Noah and his family. As darkness gathered over the stable scene at St Andrew’s, with Mary and Joseph, shepherds, wise men, angels, and all the animals, many commented that the true spirit of Christmas was present. And the weather was perfect - dry and mild!
How many were there?
Difficult to judge: around the streets there was probably a peak of 250-300, but many stayed only for part of our journey. And we had about 180-230 for warming soup and bread, and tea, coffee and mince pies after the event.
PHOTOS - click here for more.
No room at the inn!
- Queens Road
- RG1 4BW