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RedSquirrel 
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12-05-12 10:14 AM - Post#4029784    

I posted in one the daily threads that I'm playing Mary in a charming production called Star Trail in the other church in our parish. It's quite wonderful. The entire church has had all its chairs taken away, and in their place there are 7 tents or enclosures.

It is designed for the primary school children, and they are split into groups of 6 (max 36 kids per session), and start in a Bedouin tent where they are given activities to do. After 5 minutes a cow-bell is rung and the first group is escorted to the astronomers. Their area includes the stone pulpit and is all decorated with maps and ancient hour glasses and binoculars and a wonderful spiders' web spray is all over everything. The actors are in costume. They get 5 minutes in there sitting on a carpet learning about the stars and how they were used for travelling. There is the sound of the wind blowing, and stars projected on the wall.

Then the bell is rung again and the second group comes in, and the first is moved on to the next tent where they sit on bean bags and learn all about gold. This tent is all tinsel and gold decorations, and candle-lit - quite beautiful.

Then they go to the frankincense tent, the air thick with burning incense where the deacon is dressed as a king and teaches them what frankincense was used for.

The fourth tent is dark and mysterious, and the team priest dressed as an ancient wise man seats them on straw bales and tells them about myrrh, and anoints them with oil.

Then they go to the tent of St. Nicholas the bishop, with his traditional Christmas tree, and sit on big boxes painted to look like presents. They hear all about the origins of giving gifts, and are asked what they could give which doesn't cost anything. They draw or write their gift on the back of a piece of gold card, and seal it in an envelope with a gold star on, for the baby Jesus.

They are escorted to the last tent by an angel who hushes them. They enter a stable all hung with lanterns (half a garden shed) with straw bales covered in blankets, with a manger and the gifts, and Mary is sitting rocking the baby and humming a lullaby. I have a 2 minute piece wondering to the baby what it is all about, and then the angel asks the kids questions and invites them to put their gift in the manger. They are given a laminated poem, then they go back to the Bedouin tent to finish their activities until all the groups are finished.

It takes an hour to get them through. We have 2 sessions in the morning and one in the afternoon to fit in with school hours. It is a real marathon, but it's wonderful to see the effect it has on the children. And the funny things they say.

Sorry, I've written a book here, but I wanted to tell you what a lovely thing I'm part of. Do your churches do anything like this?

 
kaleidoscope 
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12-05-12 10:54 AM - Post#4029812    
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That is cool! Do you get a real baby?

 
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12-05-12 11:51 AM - Post#4029832    
    In response to kaleidoscope

Nifty! I'll bet it is wonderful to be a part of that.

 
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12-05-12 12:07 PM - Post#4029848    
    In response to Beth Ann

Awesome

 
RedSquirrel 
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12-05-12 01:51 PM - Post#4029870    
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  • kaleidoscope Said:
That is cool! Do you get a real baby?


No, it's a Tiny Tears. A very elderly Tiny Tears with a wonky eye.

One child yesterday came up to put his present in the manger, and whispered very audibly to his friend "it's a REAL baby!" which cracked me up.

Today's best little gem was when the angel asked what Jesus became king of, and got the reply "the Catholics!" It was a catholic school. Our team priest doubled over when he heard that.

 
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12-05-12 02:03 PM - Post#4029884    
    In response to RedSquirrel

LOL I just read this Rosey and thought to myself "she sounds very British" LOL

Sounds lovely though - Children always make Christmas for me. Their innocence and sense of wonder about the whole story is lovely. Sounds like you are going to have fun!

 
RedSquirrel 
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12-05-12 02:11 PM - Post#4029888    
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Well yes G, that's because I AM British - and proud of it!

 
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12-05-12 02:45 PM - Post#4029890    
    In response to RedSquirrel

We have what we call the Christmas Pageant, but nothing to the extent that you do. Just very simple!

 
RedSquirrel 
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12-05-12 04:08 PM - Post#4029902    
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This runs from Tuesday to Friday, 2 sessions in the morning and 1 after lunch for the schools, and Thursday evening and Saturday morning for the general public. It started out as just two days, but as more schools got involved, it's got bigger.

Virginia, is your pageant just the one event?

 
sgm 
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12-05-12 04:12 PM - Post#4029904    
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  • RedSquirrel Said:
I posted in one the daily threads that I'm playing Mary in a charming production called Star Trail in the other church in our parish. It's quite wonderful. The entire church has had all its chairs taken away, and in their place there are 7 tents or enclosures.

It is designed for the primary school children, and they are split into groups of 6 (max 36 kids per session), and start in a Bedouin tent where they are given activities to do. After 5 minutes a cow-bell is rung and the first group is escorted to the astronomers. Their area includes the stone pulpit and is all decorated with maps and ancient hour glasses and binoculars and a wonderful spiders' web spray is all over everything. The actors are in costume. They get 5 minutes in there sitting on a carpet learning about the stars and how they were used for travelling. There is the sound of the wind blowing, and stars projected on the wall.

Then the bell is rung again and the second group comes in, and the first is moved on to the next tent where they sit on bean bags and learn all about gold. This tent is all tinsel and gold decorations, and candle-lit - quite beautiful.

Then they go to the frankincense tent, the air thick with burning incense where the deacon is dressed as a king and teaches them what frankincense was used for.

The fourth tent is dark and mysterious, and the team priest dressed as an ancient wise man seats them on straw bales and tells them about myrrh, and anoints them with oil.

Then they go to the tent of St. Nicholas the bishop, with his traditional Christmas tree, and sit on big boxes painted to look like presents. They hear all about the origins of giving gifts, and are asked what they could give which doesn't cost anything. They draw or write their gift on the back of a piece of gold card, and seal it in an envelope with a gold star on, for the baby Jesus.

They are escorted to the last tent by an angel who hushes them. They enter a stable all hung with lanterns (half a garden shed) with straw bales covered in blankets, with a manger and the gifts, and Mary is sitting rocking the baby and humming a lullaby. I have a 2 minute piece wondering to the baby what it is all about, and then the angel asks the kids questions and invites them to put their gift in the manger. They are given a laminated poem, then they go back to the Bedouin tent to finish their activities until all the groups are finished.

It takes an hour to get them through. We have 2 sessions in the morning and one in the afternoon to fit in with school hours. It is a real marathon, but it's wonderful to see the effect it has on the children. And the funny things they say.

Sorry, I've written a book here, but I wanted to tell you what a lovely thing I'm part of. Do your churches do anything like this?



Rosey - I would LOVE to 'cross the pond' to see this!! I teared-up just reading this!


 
RedSquirrel 
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12-05-12 04:16 PM - Post#4029910    
    In response to sgm

It's on every year, and they are satisfied with their new Mary so I guess I'll be invited back. Or ordered back!

Come next year Susan - I'll give you the dates!

 
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12-05-12 04:52 PM - Post#4029912    
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  • RedSquirrel Said:
  • kaleidoscope Said:
That is cool! Do you get a real baby?


No, it's a Tiny Tears. A very elderly Tiny Tears with a wonky eye.

One child yesterday came up to put his present in the manger, and whispered very audibly to his friend "it's a REAL baby!" which cracked me up.

Today's best little gem was when the angel asked what Jesus became king of, and got the reply "the Catholics!" It was a catholic school. Our team priest doubled over when he heard that.




They have those collectible dolls that look like real babies but that'd be a bit pricey.

King of Catholics...

 
scrappinmamma 
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12-05-12 05:35 PM - Post#4029916    
    In response to kaleidoscope

That is so wonderful Rosey!

Out of the mouths of babes!


 
buttonscrapper 
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12-05-12 05:40 PM - Post#4029920    
    In response to RedSquirrel

  • RedSquirrel Said:
This runs from Tuesday to Friday, 2 sessions in the morning and 1 after lunch for the schools, and Thursday evening and Saturday morning for the general public. It started out as just two days, but as more schools got involved, it's got bigger.

Virginia, is your pageant just the one event?



Yes, it's usually done as a school event, or during one of the Masses on Christmas Eve. For a school event, it would be sort of like a play, but during the Mass, it would be a shortened version....

 
3 Little Ladies 
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12-05-12 06:25 PM - Post#4029930    
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Very neat that they make it more interactive for the kids. I'm glad you are enjoying your part as Mary. It would be fun to hear and see the children's reactions.

 
RedSquirrel 
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12-06-12 10:54 AM - Post#4030128    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

And today's cute-isms.

We had the special school in this morning. When the first group was ushered in with lots of shushing, one boy commented loudly, "Oh, I hate dolls."

When the same group was asked what happened after Jesus was born, the answer came, "they flew."

And when they were asked why Jesus was born, one answer was, "because God looked down and saw that everyone was being horrible to each other, and he said "Right, that's it!" (violent downward hand movements) and sent Jesus to sort them all out."

Quite right too.



 
RedSquirrel 
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12-06-12 10:57 AM - Post#4030130    
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Oh, and we were looking at some of the gifts which had been drawn and written on the gold cards for Jesus. Remember these are supposed to be gifts which don't cost anything, which the children can give to the baby.

Along with lots of love and hugs and kisses, today Jesus got teddy bears, a beautifully drawn hat and gloves, a toy train, an iPad and an electric toothbrush.


 
RedSquirrel 
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12-08-12 07:23 AM - Post#4030518    
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Final day.

Score! Two young mothers in tears.

 
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12-08-12 07:57 AM - Post#4030524    
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how sweet!

 
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12-08-12 08:03 AM - Post#4030528    
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  • RedSquirrel Said:
Final day.

Score! Two young mothers in tears.





 
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