Children’s Christmas Mass & Carol Service 6pm, 24th Dec 2019
Our Children’s Christmas Eve Mass and Carol Service this year was another wonderful celebration of our Lord’s birth shared by all who attended.
In the Carol Service, children of the St John and Paul’s Parish presented an outstanding performance of “The Unexpected Christmas” play by Simmone Graham (New Zealand). Told from a child’s perspective, the play depicts Angels discussing Jesus’ birth with God. The message of God’s universal love for us was beautifully delivered in the acting and dialogue with humour sprinkled throughout. Sweet and short, the play elicited smiles and giggles from the congregation.
The Nativity presentation that followed was another hit. This year we had a ‘real’ donkey join us in the procession! This almost life-sized donkey on wheels carried Mary down the aisle delighting the children (and adults) in the pews.
Our multi-talented child actors also gave their voices to sing beautifully in the choir. We had a few more musically talented children come on board this year with their flutes, a clarinet, viola, cello and saxophone. The beautiful sounds added depth and enlivened the overall presentation. It was a wonderful, enjoyable listening experience for all indeed.
Altogether the children’s presentation was impressive, delightful and impactful. Their determination in remembering lines, knowing their positions and taking on new songs was very much appreciated and is to be commended. It all paid off in the end. So too their parents who made the commitment to bring them to the practices every Saturday rain or shine. This combined effort is what makes our Parish such a vibrant community.
For many families in the Parish, including mine, Christmas isn’t complete without participating in an activity that keeps Jesus in the foremind at this special time. The lead up to Christmas becomes more meaningful as we are reminded of the reason for the season.
Our Children’s Christmas Mass and Carol service provides a great opportunity for families to experience that together.
If you and/or your children would like to join us in 2020, look out for the registrations in November. We would love your support. All children aged 7-14 welcomed.
God bless your year ahead.
Matt 19:14 let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these
Special Note: A big thank you to Juanita Curtis (Nativity Presentation) and Helen Miller (Organ and Musical Arrangements) for their help in making this a memorable part of our 2019 Christmas celebrations