Two hundred and forty children from Darlington primary schools enjoy the Nativity story in a production with a difference staged at the Anglican St Johnâ€™s Church in Neasham Road.
Children from six local primary schools in the east of the town visited the church on Thursday (5th December) and Friday (6th December) to watch and take part in a production staged in a joint initiative involving four Darlington churches, St Johnâ€™s, St Andrewâ€™s, Haughton, St Columbaâ€™s and St Herbertâ€™s. The play, called The Christmas Journey, moved around the church and allowed the children, who were aged six and seven, to take part in the story. Â From the story of the Creation on to Maryâ€™s kitchen visited by the angel Gabriel and the shepherds in the fields at night to the palace of the Three Kings, the Nativity was brought to life as the children took part in the journey. St Johnâ€™s Priest in Charge, the Revd Sheilagh Williamson, said: â€œThe play was designed to be a living Nativity journey for the children. This was something I had wanted to do for a long time but have never had the space to do it. It is very exciting. Â Using the idea of a journey rather than a traditional static Nativity play allowed the children to explore the meaning of the Christmas story whilst dressing up and have a great deal of fun.â€