FAMILIES enjoyed the telling of the Christmas story at a church.
People from Stubbington and wider areas went to the Holy Rood Church to meet Mary and Joseph along with shepherds, angels and the Three Wise Men.
The annual event is organised by the church, on Gosport Road, and gives children and their parents the chance to relive the Christmas story with actors and animals.
After meeting the characters, families got to make angels and enjoy a mince pie.
Nigel and Sara Wade, from Hill Head, went along with their three children Jessica, nine, Ella, three, and Samuel, five. They have been going to the live nativity for the last five years.
Sara said: ‘It has become a tradition for us now to come along to the church for the nativity.
‘We wouldn’t miss it because it’s such a great event for the kids.’
Nigel added: ‘It isn’t just a five minute thing. You can meet the animals and then go through to the angels and then finally the shepherds and the Three Wise Men.
‘Then with the coffee and crafts, you can make a whole morning out of it.’
Jessica said she liked seeing the animals best.
‘I liked the first part with the animals but I did enjoy the nativity story,’ she said.
‘I like coming along every year.’
Holy Rood Church has been holding the event for the past ten years with members of the congregation getting involved with the set-up.
Regular church-goer Anne Grubb, from the village, went around with her five grandchildren and their parents.
The 59-year-old said: ‘You get so many generations coming along to this event so it’s great.
‘It’s a really nice Christmas story too because the children can get involved and the actors are very good.’
Her grandson Ethan McBeath, three, said: ‘There was so many things I can’t pick the best part. I liked the wise man who did magic with the gold.’
For Reverend Kate Macfarlane the event is a great way to get the children involved.
She said: ‘I think it’s important that the children can be a part of the story rather than just watching it or hearing about it.
‘It’s very popular and we all enjoy it.’