On the coldest and wettest day of the week, children and families experienced the true meaning of Christmas in Horsham’s town centre on Saturday (15 December) at Horsham Churches Together’s free Christmas Event.
The Children’s Musical Nativity took place at the Carfax Bandstand led by Little Notes. Mark and Lou Bradbury and band orchestrated a lively retelling of the Nativity story. Children and families watched and real nativity characters acted to form a Nativity tableau in front of the Carfax Bandstand. The donkey played a starring role, as did the pantomime camel!
Despite the heavy rain, children and families started off on the Nativity Trail determined to have their Passports stamped at each of the Nativity Trail locations. Mary and Joseph were waiting at the Carfax Amphitheatre with the Bethlehem backdrop alongside the very popular donkey from Dashing Donkeys. The shepherds with real sheep were handing out candy canes in the Forum. At the Bishopric, children collected Happy Birthday Jesus balloons and saw a manger containing baby Jesus and a pier-style Nativity Scene. At Market Square, three wise men gave out chocolate coins.
To mirror the journey taken by the children, they were all given a book called ‘The Very Greatest Journey’ published by The Bible Society, and a wooden Christmas tree hanging decoration of the Nativity scene as a prize for completing the trail.
While the Trail was taking place, spectators enjoyed the Christmas Concert on the Carfax Bandstand, listening to the Rock Choir, Liezel Brink-McCulloch, Living Faith Assembly Choir, St Mary’s Primary School children and St Mary’s Church Choir. Participants greatly appreciated the mulled drinks and biscuits that were provided at the welcome hub.
Unfortunately, due to the adverse weather conditions the Carol Service at the Carfax Bandstand was cancelled, but people are encouraged to go along to one of the many church services taking place in Horsham Churches Together churches over Christmas.
Horsham Churches Together is very grateful to the many people who took part in Saturday’s Christmas Event despite the weather conditions. Thank you also to partners who supported the event: Coden Events (Horsham General Market), Dashing Donkeys, Food Rocks (Horsham Markets), Mr and Mrs Harwood of Faygate, High Gain Event Services, Horsham District Council, Little Notes.
If you would like to find out more about Christmas services at any of Horsham Churches Together’s 32 churches, please look at the website (horshamct.org.uk) and click on ‘churches’ to find out more, or contact Rosemary Couchman, Horsham Churches Together Development Co-ordinator – rosemary.couchman@horshamct.