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Bethlehem Comes to Shere

Date: 17 December 2018

A dedicated team at St James’ Shere recently brought the nativity story to life by creating a living Nativity photo booth.

Volunteers channelled their inner Joseph, creating a life-size stable from scratch, to give families the opportunity to recreate scenes from the Nativity story with props at the ready and racks of costumes available.

Visitors poured in over two days, transforming into wise men, shepherds and angels with enthusiastic smiles and grimaces at the ready.

Following the opportunity to secure an interesting Christmas card design visitors were then read the Nativity story and given a chance to reflect on what happened in the first stable in Bethlehem.

The Revd Sarah Hutton, who organised the photo booth, said:

“I’m delighted with the response to the living nativity photo booth! We had so many people turn up and some of the photos are amazing!

“It’s a different way to tell the Christmas story and many people told me that having a physical stable really allowed them to connect with the story in a way they hadn’t been able to before.

“It looked a pretty imperfect and messy family, our photos show that, but God blessed humanity through this little family – an unmarried teenager, a baby of uncertain parentage and father who was not really sure of anything. God works through the mess and I hope that those who came along are also blessed by their family.”

For more ways, ones ​that don't ​require a ​model's pose, to get involved in the Christmas story why not FollowTheStar with daily reflections from the Church of England?

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