The most awesome day ever!

At the end of the final scene, one of the Christmas Tour cast overheard a school pupil say, “This is the most awesome day ever!” Wow!  That kind of comment helps us grasp some of the impact that the Christmas Tour had on those who travelled through time with us to the first Christmas.

We received more positive comments from other pupils and teachers on the schools days and from guests at the Saturday Tours.  There were also moments when we realised that some in our audiences were learning new things.  For the child who said “It’s the genie again” when Gabriel appeared to the shepherds, perhaps indicating limited prior knowledge of the nativity story, we hope there was greater clarity of what Christmas is really celebrating.

In terms of numbers, over 850 people experienced the Christmas Tour this year:  over 450 on the schools days and just over 400 on Saturday.

Thank you to everyone who prayed for this venture, we are very grateful for your support.  Your prayers were answered in many ways and we hope that seed sown will germinate and grow.

The Christmas Tour is a massive team effort.  It has been a privilege to work with you all.  A huge ‘Thank you’ to all those who helped make Christmas Tour 2017 happen:

To the wonderful team of 26 actors who gave a lot of time and energy and excelled themselves in performances.  This was the first time I’d directed the Tour and at times felt rather out of my comfort zone but the actors were very responsive to direction and supportive.  They were also  brilliant at learning their lines so I didn’t need to prompt anyone in any of the 27 performances;

To those who spent many hours on the Wednesday before the Tour setting up scenery, lighting and drapes and creating an environment which pupils and teachers described as ‘magical’;

  • To those who helped on Saturday evening with the rapid switch from Tour scenery to church set up ready for Sunday;
  • To Sheila who organises all the costumes and ensures everyone has a fantastic outfit for their role;
  • To the front of house teams serving refreshments, welcoming audiences working with the school children through craft and songs;
  • To the Comms, Office and Facilities staff for help with ticketing, advertising, set up and take down;
  • To everyone who had faith in us and bought tickets and invited guests;
  • To my fellow members on the core team – Diana, Diarmid and Liz – for your hard work and support over the last few months; and
  • To my family who release me to be part of this amazing venture and support me through it.

We round off this year’s Tour in the knowledge that some of the 95% of children who don’t usually have any contact with a church have travelled back in time and encountered the story and message of the first Christmas.  Amazing!

And what next for the Christmas Tour?  Building for Mission will hopefully mean that we no longer have to squeeze between 30 and 60 people into the back porch as they travel back to Nazareth!  In the interim, if there is building work this time next year, we would still like to have some form of Christmas Tour: format and venue to be decided.  Please keep praying and watch this space……


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6th Dec 2017 Posted in: Linked Blog Posts by Jeremy Thompson
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