Drop off: Dec. 3 – before/after church
Dec. 5, 6, 7 — 9 am-noon
Set up : Dec. 7: 9 am—1 pm
Open for Viewing Dec. 8:
9 am – noon, schoolchildren only
1 – 3 pm – seniors only
3 – 7 pm – everyone welcome
Open for Viewing Dec. 9:
10:30am – 3:30pm – everyone welcome
Take down: Dec. 9 — 4-5 pm
Pick up: Dec. 9 — 5 pm
Dec. 10 – before/after church
This year our congregation will host our fourth display of Nativity Sets (also known as crèches) from around the globe as our Christmas gift to the Comox Valley. We’ve been calling this event “Joy to the World” but this year the poster is headlined “Nativity: Crèches of the World” for clearer communication with the public, with whom it has been very well-received. Last year, the event featured over 200 crèches, live music, a dark room with lighted sets, children’s activities, and a special afternoon for people with mobility issues, including light refreshments. About 400 people visited the display, and left heart-warming comments: “Who would know unless they visit!” “ I don’t want to leave.” “Magnificent! Sent shivers! Beautiful, many countries.” And more: “It gets better every year.” “A beautiful tradition for our family.” “A wonderful experience for our Lodge residents, and your hospitality was lovely.”
Volunteers from both inside and outside our church membership have been invaluable to put on this display. Volunteers set up and took down the display, lent sets, acted as hosts and greeters, served tea, delivered posters and invited their friends and neighbours. This year, five women have put in many hours sewing tablecloths to enhance the settings. This event could not have happened without your input. Thanks! If you haven’t been involved yet, but are interested, please let us know.
This year there will be a few changes. The dates of the event have moved up by two weeks: Dec. 8 and 9. Also, we will be setting up the display the day before, Dec. 7. Please mark these dates on your calendar and start spreading the word. As well, we have invited a few school groups to come on Friday morning to view the sets and participate in activities. Please pray that the beautiful story of Christmas told by way of these crèches will bless many, young and old.
The Committee: Al and Jessie Schut, Peg MacMillan, Sheila McClellan, Lois Lupkoski, Nerissa Thomas, Dixon Edwards and Rev. Jenn.