Church takes to the streets for nativity

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THE Christmas story was told on the streets of Stannington.

An estimated 300 people turned to watch members of Christ Church stage their outdoor nativity play in what has become a village tradition.

Performers started on Monday night at the car park of the Peacock Inn in Stannington Road, before moving on to the car parks of the Rose and Crown, the Crown and Glove and the Lomas Hall.

Scenes featured Gertrude the donkey from Graves Park, local farmer Jackie Baines with her Jacob sheep, Stacey Harper and her friends dressed as kings riding their horses, together with members of the congregation enacting the nativity story.

“It went really well,” said the vicar of Stannington, the Rev Canon Philip West.

“People found it very moving, the actors did extremely well, we had a new, livelier script which worked well and the weather was kind. It was a lovely evening with a wonderful atmosphere.”

The play ended at Stannington Church Hall with refreshments and a collection for the Cathedral Archer Project.

On Wednesday, Christ Church held The Service of the Longest Night of the Year, for anybody who finds Christmas a difficult time.

It was a new event designed to help the lonely, bereaved, those who are separated or divorced or people who can’t afford to have a good time due to the economic downturn.