Christ­mas is all boxed up at Stonelaw Church

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

A group of young­sters were box­ing clever at Stonelaw Parish Church re­cently.

They were tak­ing part in the Church’s Christ­mas hol­i­day club, which took place on a Satur­day af­ter­noon.

It was the first time that Stonelaw have ex­panded their pop­u­lar hol­i­day club into the fes­tive sea­son, and it proved a hit with kids.

Part of the af­ter­noon fun was de­sign­ing boxes that ex­plained the Na­tiv­ity story.

The church’s Therese Reid said: “It was a really fan­tas­tic af­ter­noon.

“This was the first time we’ve had the hol­i­day club at this time, and we weren’t sure how it would go be­cause there’s so many other things go­ing on, like pan­tomimes and Christ­mas shop­ping.

“We got them to tell the story of the na­tiv­ity through de­sign­ing scenes in boxes, with the an­gel ap­pear­ing to Mary as the first one, through to the Three Wise Men ar­riv­ing in the last one.

“The chil­dren were very imag­i­na­tive with how they de­signed them, and it was really good fun.

“Two chil­dren, Calum Devlin and Katy Baird, then nar­rated the story.

At 5.30 the par­ents and some church mem­bers ar­rived, and they then told the story to them, be­fore we had a buf­fet and sang Christ­mas carols.

“It was a really warm, fun way to get into the Christ­mas spirit.”

The church also have plans for a couple of spe­cial ser­vices over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

Therese added: “We will be hav­ing a py­jama ser­vice at 7pm on Christ­mas Eve.

“That will be a fam­ily ser­vice, and the idea is the chil­dren will be in their py­ja­mas and head­ing straight to bed af­ter the ser­vice - I’m not sure that the­ory will work in prac­tice, given how ex­cited the kids get.

“Then af­ter New Year we’re go­ing to have a fun fish sup­per ser­vice on Jan­uary 3 at 5.30pm.

“It will just be a short ser­vice, and we’ll get fish sup­pers to eat while catching up on Christ­mas and cel­e­brat­ing the New Year.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in the fish sup­per ser­vice should con­tact Therese on 07508 213099.

We got them to tell the story of the na­tiv­ity through de­sign­ing scenes in boxes

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