Chil­dren’s cathe­dral Christ­mas

Christ­mas joy as pre-school chil­dren share in the story of Je­sus’ birth in Beth­le­hem

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Stephen Briggs [email protected]­me­ Twit­ter: @PTStephenB

Young chil­dren gave an emo­tional per­for­mance of the first Christ­mas story at Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral.

The tra­di­tional Na­tiv­ity Play was held at the his­toric build­ing on Tues­day, with young­sters from the St Thomas More Catholic Nurs­ery School tak­ing on the story of Mary, Joseph and Je­sus.

The young­sters wore cos­tumes made at school for the per­for­mance, with mem­bers of the cathe­dral clergy join­ing in. Canon Sarah Brown, the Cathe­dral’s Canon Mis­sioner, en­tered into the spirit of the oc­ca­sion by wear­ing an­gel wings and a halo with her cas­sock as she wel­comed the con­gre­ga­tion.

Proud par­ents gath­ered in the cathe­dral along­side chil­dren and fam­i­lies from other nurs­eries to watch the na­tiv­ity - with favourite car­ols sung at the end of the af­ter­noon.

Canon Brown said: “This is one of our favourite events of the year. To work to­gether with the Pre School Learn­ing Al­liance to wel­come so many tiny chil­dren and their par­ents to share the story of the birth of Je­sus Christ is a real joy.

“The chil­dren of St Thomas More Nurs­ery and their lead­ers did a won­der­ful job and moved more than a few peo­ple to tears with their in­no­cent pre­sen­ta­tion.”

Gary Croxon, ser­vice man­ager for the Pre-School Learn­ing Al­liance who staged the event, said: “Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral is such a spe­cial venue.

“This is a won­der­ful event to start Christ­mas off for fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity.

“We have been run­ning it in Peter­bor­ough for about 10 years now, and it is al­ways mag­i­cal for the chil­dren and the par­ents.

“It gives peo­ple the chance to have a think about what Christ­mas re­ally means.”

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