A CHURCH was transformed into a modern-day Bethlehem last weekend for its first ever live nativity.
Norreys Church, Wokingham, welcomed in more than 200 people to join in the festive fun.
Usually with a congregation of 50-60 people, the event was an unheralded success.
Claire Revie, champion of the event, said: “It was the first time that we’ve ever done anything like that, we weren’t sure what to expect.”
On Sunday, December 16 the church was completely revamped, after 2 days of work to decorate.
“We turned the whole church into a pretend Bethlehem scene,” explained Claire.
Entry to the event was £1, with chocolate coins given in exchange for the money. All money made went to the Caden Beggan Fund, with approximately £300 raised.
The church held a market with teas, coffees and festive treats to enjoy whilst there was also a cow, a sheep, a goat, a donkey and baby Jesus in the car park.
Norreys also held a modern-day social media nativity, which focused on what characters from the story would say in the days of technology.
Claire said: “I knew we had to do something a bit different” because of the other nativities in the local area. “It was good to contact the community.”
For more information about the church, visit http://www.norreyschurch.org.uk/.
The Caden Beggan fund has a Facebook page, log on: https://www.facebook.com/CadenBeggan