Families flock to church to see nativity show with an interactive twist

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  • Around 500 people turn up each year
  • Show features real animals in a stable
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Holy Rood Church, in Gosport Road, Stubbington, held its annual live nativity event.

Each year the church’s congregation put on a nativity show that’s both interactive and educational to share the story about the birth of Jesus.

Beth Yeandle is the children and families worker at the church.

She said: ‘We have been doing this for around nine years and it’s very popular.

‘On average we get about 500 visitors which is pretty amazing.

‘I think it’s popular because it appeals to both children and adults of any age.

‘We have older people coming through to watch and also families.’

As families enter the church they are greeted by Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in a stable, complete with real sheep, goat and a donkey.

After that smaller groups of people are taken into the main church hall where people walk through a journey to hear and see the nativity story unfold.

This includes singing shepherds, angels who are interviewed in a chat show style and then over to the three wise men who performed the odd magic trick or two.

After that people were offered refreshments and children could take part in craft work.

Beth added: ‘This is a different way of telling the Christmas story and often is the only time people will come to church in the year.

‘It appeals to them because not just another church service but something fun.’

Mike Annis, 30, of Robins Close, Stubbington, brought along his children Esmai, five, and Arthur, three.

He said: ‘This is our second visit as the kids really loved it last year.

‘It’s a brilliant way to get the Christmas message across.’

Jonny Bannister, 34, of Bell Davies Road, brought along sons William, four and Toby one, he said: ‘We enjoyed the singing and the animals.’