Pageant Costumes and New Neighbours

By Janet Earle, Children's Minister

Posted on December 1, 2016

We have been working on a big puzzle this week. We are trying to make our many Christmas costumes fit the 75 children who will perform in our Christmas Pageant on December 11. There is often a bit of a last minute scramble to get the costumes ready because we are never sure exactly who might join us.

We have over 100 costumes – some a bit scruffy and tattered like our shepherds, some simple and durable, and some absolutely beautiful. A few date back almost 25 years, to the time when I first was involved with our Pageant. I give thanks for the many faithful women who have created these outfits and the countless families they have blessed.

What about this Christmas Pageant? Why do we do it? "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:14a). I keep thinking of this funny little verse that is so familiar to those who have been in church for a while. It is not a verse that is easy to explain to children – how can a person be a Word? How does a Word turn into flesh? What does dwelt even mean? But that's really it. God came to live among us. To lead us and teach us and to die for us. He moved into our neighbourhood. Instead of trying to explain these difficult words, we invite the children to experience the mystery themselves through our Pageant.

We put on head scarves and sparkly wings. Some get to wear crowns and others carry swords. We tell the Bible story together through songs and drama. We invite our families and friends to join us and experience the mystery of Jesus’ birth with joy and laughter and everything that goes along with 75 children.

The Christmas Pageant takes place on December 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Cody Hall. Everyone is welcome to come. There is a family community dinner that follows. If you would like to come to the dinner, please RSVP to Janet Earle, Children's Minister. Tickets are available at the event - $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Come and find out who moved into our neighbourhood.