Waterlooville nativity will have a modern twist
By Rev Julie Minter, curate ofÂ St Wilfrid's Church, CowplainÂ
I'mÂ so excited about the Community Coffee Cup Pop-up Nativity here in Cowplain in the run-up toÂ Christmas.Â
It's a fun way for people of all ages to escape the busyness of the pre-ChristmasÂ preparations and beÂ part of the story of the very first Christmas.
There will be a purpose-built wooden stable and crib, which has been designed andÂ created byÂ Waterlooville Men's shed, outside Westbrook Hall in Tempest Avenue '“ the home of our CommunityÂ Coffee Cup.
There will be rails of child and adult-sized costumes for all of the Nativity characters '“ Mary, Joseph,Â the innkeeper, shepherds, kings, angels '“ to dress up in. Once you've chosen which character youÂ want to be you can then step into the stable with your family and friends to create the NativityÂ scene.
It'll be a bit like a photo booth so you might like to take a picture on your Smartphone or camera toÂ share with family and friends this Christmas.
It's the first time we've done something like this but ifÂ it's popular we'd love to make it part of our Christmas celebrations every year.
For us, it's a way of bringing the story of Jesus's birth to life in an imaginative way.
The Pop-upÂ Nativity will be open between 10am and midday tomorrow andÂ Saturday,Â December 22.Â
There will be free drinks and mince pies for all to enjoy as well. Come along and enjoy the fun with your family and friends.
After the Pop-up Nativity has finished, we'll be taking the stable and crib to St Wilfrid's Church inÂ Padnell Road where we will be using them to help tell the Nativity story at our Crib Service at 3pm onÂ Christmas Eve.
And we'd love you to come and help us too! You're welcome to come dressed as a shepherd, angel,Â wise man, Mary or Joseph. And we'll have plenty of costumes available for you to dress up in too.Â
We'd love everyone to be part of telling the story.Â Or you can join us on Christmas Day, from 10am, when we'll celebrate Jesus's birthday with a specialÂ celebration.
Go to stwilfridscowplain.co.uk.