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Vicar's Letter of the Month  - November


The Reverend

Lissa Scott writes…….


Dear Friends

One of the best things about being a Vicar is that at Christmas I get to go into schools and nurseries and see all the children’s preparations for Christmas – their excitement and wonder.

Well this year, you have the chance to do the same! Over the years, St John’s have hosted “The Christmas Journey” for Y2 classes for a number of schools in the Eastern group of Darlington churches. The programme is being expanded in 2018 to include 4 schools from the Northern part of the town, including Corporation Road and Reid Street schools. In all we are inviting over 1000 children aged about 6 years old, to take part in a multi-sensory, interactive event that lets them share the experience of the first Christmas in a way that makes the story relevant to our world and how we live today.

The children travel around a darkened church in small groups and visit various scenes where the action of the story takes place, often participating in that action. For the helpers who are of a dramatic turn there are acting parts (not too demanding and with scripts provided). We also need other volunteers to welcome the children, help with simple craft activities, and offer hospitality and refreshments. I saw “The Christmas Journey” last year and found it absolutely magical – I can’t wait to be a part of it.

“The Christmas Journey” is taking place for 6 days (Nov 29th, Nov 30th, Dec 3rd, Dec 4th, Dec 5th and Dec 6th) with morning and afternoon sessions both days. If you can offer to help with a couple or more sessions according to your availability that would be really helpful. But even more important than it being helpful is that it will give you a lovely opportunity to share in the children’s wonder as they experience this story in a new way – and for some of them this will be the very first time they have ever heard it.

There is a list in church to give you the opportunity to sign up for different sessions (please give your contact details), or do ring me to find out more before you commit yourself.

And while I know it’s only November, I hope your preparations for the festive season go well at whatever point in the year you choose to start them.

With every good wish

Lissa Scott