Things got right exciting here at Utmost United Methodist Church on Christmas Eve. Our pastor, Rev. Mostly Wright, allowed our seminary intern to plan the family and children’s service. She came up with some quite novel ideas that had great appeal to the congregation.
One of her popular innovations was to allow the children to create and decorate the Christmon tree. They learned of Christian symbols as they made each one. Although it was very interestingly decorated, it was great to see their enthusiasm during the process.
Live animals were brought in to create a live nativity. There was even a camel in the procession (insisted upon because of a recent popular television commercial). One of the lambs got loose from the “shepherd” and ducked under the pews.
It created quite a commotion as it navigated – to use the term loosely – among the feet and legs of the scrambling congregation. Fortunately, the owner of the animals gave a signal that called the lambs and sheep to him. The commotion knocked the crèche a little askew, but it’s still functional.
No one was hurt, just amused. We may need to make adjustments next year.
Until next time …
Rhodes Crossing, GA