Reflect on real meaning of Christmas

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Rev Gregg Mensingh, Rector of Botley, Curdridge and Durley talks about what’s in store at the NativityFest this year

WHAT do Lego bricks, gingerbread and Barbie and Ken dolls have in common?

They are all ingredients used to make nativity sets for a NativityFest at All Saints Church to help share the real meaning of Christmas.

That was in 2006 and now preparations are well underway for our NativityFest from Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 6.

These are the opening times: Friday – 10am-6.30pm, Saturday – 9.30am-5pm and Sunday – 11am-6pm.

Children from Botley C of E Primary School, members of our churches and others in the local community are busy making nativity sets to display in the church.

Some of them may be sets that have been in families for generations, some may be made from recycled materials like cardboard and others might be made from wood. It’s completely up to the people to choose.

Last time the church was full of nativity sets and hundreds of people came over the weekend to see them and to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas.

And we are looking forward to welcoming people to come and see the sets this time too.

There will be activities for children to participate in throughout the festival and refreshments will be available too.

Entertainment will be provided on the Saturday by the Owslebury Hand Bell Ringers from 11am until 12.30pm.

The festival will end with an informal worship service at 6.30pm on December 6.

At that service, we will be exploring the theme of journey and you are invited to get dressed up in the sort of clothing that might have been worn around the time that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the first century.

The festival is free. Do come along and explore the Christmas story for yourself and invite your friends and family too.

It’d be great to welcome you.

To find out more, please visit the parish website at

All Saints Church, High Street, Botley SO30 2EA.