Live nativity shines a wave of light


The Lightwave fresh expressions community held their first ‘Live Nativity’ this week in Otley.

The Otley College barn came alive yesterday as over 200 people – families, friends and visitors – joined together for the first Lightwave ‘Live Nativity’!  They were welcomed in by sheep, goats and alpacas, along with a live band playing festive music.

Loads of children enjoyed activities such as star making and making Christmas envelopes that told the Christmas story.  Amy Robinson presented the Christmas story with an imaginative show with songs, puppets and story telling which included lots of audience participation, supported by local Otley actors and the Revd Robin Spittle playing the part of the Angel Gabriel!

Refreshments included the Rural Coffee Caravan and hot chocolate served by Otley scouts, alongside pop-up shops hosted by local craft businesses.  A fabulous time was had by all and guests left with nativity and ‘Follow the Star’ reading books, together with invitations to future Lightwave events.

Archdeacon Sally Gaze said “It was brilliant, so much fun!  I would like to thank everyone for making it such a successful event.  From the band, Rural Coffee Caravan, local scouts, Robin Spittle and Amy Robinson to our fabulous actors/band and not least Andrew, Becky, Charlotte, Kathy and Nina – our team of organisers.  I would also like to thank Otley College staff for their super help as well as the provision of their barn – the perfect place for this event!” 

Article originally published by The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich (reproduced by permission).
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