Churches present Christmas Alive Dec. 22

Rachelle Stein-Wotten

Sounder News

Monday, December 17 2012

This Saturday, the Christmas story comes alive, literally, as members of the community take on the roles of Mary, Joseph, Wise Men, angels, shepherds and baby Jesus.
Just a few days before Christmas, on Saturday, Dec. 22, the United, Anglican, Lutheran and Catholic congregations on the island are presenting the Christmas story complete with a manger (in the form of a cob bench) at the Commons at 5 p.m.
The pageant will be narrated by Antony Holland and viewers will be led to the performance space by some familiar faces.
Susan Brockley has been planning and organizing the performance for nearly a year, making frequent trips to GIRO for props and costumes.
“You’ll see your friends and neighbours, and your table cloths,” she joked.
All the churches have kicked in funds to cover the PA system, lighting and other costs and church members have donated their time to create the costumes.
“We’re doing this as a gift,” Susan said.
Susan is grateful for the assistance and in-kind donations from Paradise Island Alpacas, Village Foods, Emcon, the Gabriola Sounder, GIRO, The GABE Shop, the Gabriola Commons, People for a Healthy Community and many individuals.
Dress warmly, said Susan, and bring a chair if you’d like to sit.
Traditional carols will be sung – audience participation encouraged – and led by Marilyn Smith on keyboard.
Afterwards, everyone is invited to enjoy hot cocoa.