The Magi arrived at th e beginning of Advent and were situated inside the doors as people arrived for worship over the season they moved around th eworship space until they arrived at the Christchild on Christmas day. Although it was explained that being true to the narrative they would not arrive until epiphany some weeks later. The cutouts used had the year before been different characters in the Nativity. (see earlier post)
Christmas Yr A.
Mary with infant Jesus & Shepherds in background.
A flat pac nativity. Each week over Advent as the story unfolded a life size tablaue grew week by week out th efront of the worship space. Beginning with Mary & Elizabeth. Each week a member of the congregation was traced onto a large sheet of paper, their shape cutout of mdf board, a piece of fabric creatively added that refelcted who they were and a scene set reflective that part of the narrative. We started with 2 life size characters at the beginning of Advent to complete the scene on Christmas Day with 13 life size characters, all traced around members of the congregation. Each week the congregation intently studied each character to determine who of those gathered was it based upon.
A fishing village was created in the sanctuary of the Church for the season of Epiphany. On the day of the narrative of the call. The service was conducted and the story lived out from the village created. all in costume. Scene created with full size clinker boat, with mast and pretend sail. Fishing net can been seen on left of image. Spicer Uniting Church is a historically listed neo-gothic methodist church.
Epiphany Yr C.2009 @ Spicer Uniting Church, St Peters, South Australia.