The Christmas Journey is an interactive, thought-provoking journey for children through the Christmas story. Our church have run it for the past few years and it is fabulous. The story comes to life as actors, puppets and incredible sets come together to take the children back in time. The girls were in awe - Ava mesmerised, and Heidi slightly afraid of the shepherd that kept reappearing!
The children are taken on a journey through six scenes. In the first tent, they travel back in time, right back to the beginning, where the story of creation and fall is told using visuals and Makaton. The storyteller carefully told the story of creation and then showed how the Fall had ruined the relationship God had with people. And so an idea is planted in the children's mind; a rescue plan is needed...
A shepherd guides the children between the scenes, explaining that God's rescue plan is about to be revealed to them as they go... next stop, Mary's house!
Suddenly we are interrupted. In the corner of the room a towering angel appears with a very important message for Mary. The children sit, open-mouthed.
Suddenly, the angel returns... with more news. We scurry off with the children to find the baby they are talking of...
We enter a stable. A baby lies in the corner, wrapped up in some old cloths and laid in a feeding trough. A man sleeps in the corner as Sarah (a puppet) introduces herself. Joseph awakes and shares with the children the wonder of last night's events. They speak in excited but hushed voices as the children watch, mesmerized.
The last stop, a song. A song to summarise all that the children have just seen. They sing along merrily and join in the actions and I remember again why I'm so glad that Christmas is so much more than magic and presents. It's the source of all our hope.
When we had finished our journey, we headed into the cafe for mulled wine and Christmas cookies. The perfect end to the beginning of the festive season!
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