“The Christmas story is really the story of God coming among us, as a helpless infant, and it touches us in a very deep way,” says the Rev. Susan Spicer, the priest of the parish. “Having the animals and the opportunity to participate really makes the story come alive for children and adults alike.”
Everyone is welcome to “enter the story” at 4 pm on Christmas Eve.
The “Come-As-You-Are Christmas Pageant,” invites you to don a Holy Land costume from the St. James collection, wear a homemade costume, or, of course, “come as you are.” Children who would like to be in the pageant should arrive by 3:30 pm in order to be costumed and receive some brief instruction.
There will be opportunities for children to meet and hold the animals at the end of the service (cameras welcome at that time).
The pageant was written by Lydia Keesmaat-Walsh, a youth member of the church and longtime participant in Lindsay’s Little Theatre. She drew inspiration from her experience as an 8-year-old actor in “Miracle on Bethlehem Street,” directed by the late Al Nicholson of Fenelon Falls.
At 10 pm, after the animals have gone to bed, St. James will hold a traditional candlelight service with all the well-loved carols of Christmas.
St. James Anglican Church is on Bond St. in Fenelon Falls, just east of the main drag. Visit stjameschristmas.ca, or call 705-887-2537.