By 2.00 p.m. on Friday 14th December, St Mark’s was full of parents, and other family members, as the children came over from St. Mark’s School to enact their nativity production.
Nine narrators told the Christmas story. The first reader began with the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary and telling her that she was going to have a baby. [Mary looked suitably shocked!]
The rest of the school then sang “News, News”.
Following this we were told about the census that Caesar was calling and the consequent journey to Bethlehem that Mary and Joseph had to undertake.
During the song, “How much further to Bethlehem” Joseph, Mary and the Donkey walked up the church and back. [The donkey looked suitably exhausted as they approached Bethlehem!]
We then heard how busy Bethlehem was but that Joseph and Mary finally found somewhere to stay in the stable of a kindly Innkeeper and how, that night, the baby Jesus was born!
All the children sang “God’s messengers” before the next narrator told us about an angel appearing to shepherds on a hillside outside Bethlehem and the children sang “Baa baa Bethlehem”. The eighth narrator continued the story by telling us the gist of what the angel told the Shepherds and that that “they then made their way to Bethlehem, following the Shining star”.
A shepherd, a lamb, the angel and the star then processed up and down the aisle whilst the rest of the children sang “Big Star”.
Then it was the turn of the Wise men to follow the star up and down the aisle, during the singing of “Wise men are we”.
Finally, after the wise men had presented their gifts, of gold, Frankincense and myrrh, to the baby Jesus, the production ended with the children singing “Tonight we celebrate” and Hugo stating, “Little did they know, that for years to come, people all around the world would celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God”.
Children read closing prayer and before the service finished children lined the aisle with flickering lights as the main lights were dimmed and we all sang “Away in a Manger”.
Before the children returned to school, the head teacher, Mrs. Freeman, congratulated them on their excellent performance and thanked them, the staff and parents for all the hard work that they had put in.
The vicar Eileen also thanked everybody before telling them of forthcoming Christmas services.
This was an excellent Nativity service, enhanced by the joy and enthusiasm with which the children performed.
After the awards had been presented at the end of term service, on Thursday, 20th December, each class sang their favourite song from their Nativity production. Class 2 chose “Baa baa Bethlehem”, Class 1 chose “There’s a star in the sky” and class 3 chose “Wise men are we”.