Saturday, 17 December 2016

A Stable in Church

St Pauls is incredibly indebted to one of its members, Derek Bowering, who gets involved in many of the practical projects around church. And most weeks he makes partly completed models that the children in Supertroopers (our Sunday School) complete. Each illustrates a message from what they have been learning about.

His present project is rather bigger – a stable at the front of church, to illustrate the Christmas story, and contain the crib with the representation of the baby Jesus. Derek tried to illustrate the poverty of that first Christmas by making the stable with offcuts of wood that the congregation had provided. The result is magnificent – although with Derek’s impeccable  standards – the stable is still probably too neat for the Christmas story!

It stands at the front of St Pauls. Do come and see it at one of the Christmas services: –   7.0 p.m., Sunday 18 December: the Candlelit Carol Service.   4.0 p.m., Saturday 24: December: Christingle and Crib Service.   11.30 p.m., Saturday 24 December: Midnight Communion Service.   10.0 a.m., Sunday 25 December: Christmas Day Family Communion.

May the stable help us to remember the cost to Jesus of becoming human like us.