A big thank you to all who contributed to this most enjoyable evening.
The annual Stable Trail landed at Hope Church again this year, with all new activities.
The Stable Trail is like a nativity grotto! There were lots of people going around the trail learning all about the origin of Christmas.
First, everyone visited King Herod in his palace and met the wise men.
They needed to decode a special message to work out where to go next. The message said "follow the star" which they did and found the shepherds.
While speaking to the shepherds, an angel appeared! The angel told them they must continue following the star. The shepherds had lost their sheep though, and needed help getting them back.
Once everyone had helped get all the sheep back into their field, the shepherds were worried that they were about to visit a very special baby in dirty clothes. The angel told them not to worry! They can come as they are, to follow the star.
While following the star, the ink keepers needed some help to finish making their cakes. There were also refreshments available before and after the trail including some yummy mince pies.
The trail ended in the stable, meeting a very special baby called Jesus! Everyone learned about why he is so special, and that He is the reason we celebrate Christmas.
A huge thank you to everyone involved in making the Stable Trail a reality, including our two special angels who guided the children through the trail! 50 children got to hear about the true meaning of Christmas, and why we celebrate it this year.
To find out what else is happening this Advent and Christmas season, click here.
The Christmas countdown has started in Hope with our Christmas Starts service and light switch on.
It all started inside, where we heard from Mary, the angels and the centurion Dave Healey !
The church was full of people ready to hear who was about to arrive! They proceeded outside to be led by the angels in song until we were ready for the countdown.
Unfortunately though, there was no room at the inn (Red Lion) meaning Mary and Joseph needed to find somewhere to stay, so she could give birth!
Once they found their way over to the stable, the countdown started for the star to be lit! Play the video below to see the moment it happened.
Once the bells had stopped ringing, all the lights were switched on!
A massive thank you to everyone who helped support our service, it is not possible without you all!
Did you enjoy Sunday? Why not come along and try Hope.4.All, every Sunday at 4pm in Hope Church.