Tonight we are telling the Christmas Story as a parish in the Dimboola church, because it is large enough (seats 300-350).
What a lot of people don't know is that it won't be the traditional nativity play.
We've blacked out the windows, and all the lights will be off except a few around the altar.
We'll burn frankincense, play recorded music, and have visuals on the screen to accompany the five themes:
fire, incense, the morning, metal, the night sky shines.
As well, there is an object for each theme - a "fire" of coloured cellophane with a torch; a bowl, supposedly containing incense; a picture of a sunrise, a sword, and a reproduction of Van Gogh's Starry Night.
each worshipper will receive not a service order, but a book-mark which has on it these five objects/symbols, including a piece of tinfoil around one corner as a tactile thing. On it is also printed “This very day in King David’s home town a Saviour was born for you. He is Christ the Lord ... Praise God in heaven! Peace on earth to everyone who pleases God.” Luke 2:11, 14
We hope that having something for four of the five senses (just not taste), plus a visual/tactile reminder to take home, will help to retain this message for the people.
Christ is born! Let us rejoice and be glad! A blessed mass of Christ to you all.