A nativity with a superhero twist was held at Bedford’s St Andrew’s Church.
The annual children’s nativity presentation was called A Super Christmas and had a superhero theme.
It told the tale of a group of superheroes meeting at their headquarters to discuss what they were going to do about a new superhero coming to earth who they thought would take their jobs. This new hero was being sent by the Big G-O-D to save the world from the evil villain SIN.
They went in search of the new superhero and along the way met some very modern angels who were using their satnav to try and sing the shepherds, Mary and superhero fan Joseph. Eventually they discover that the new superhero is Jesus and that he won’t be taking their jobs because he’s here to save us from our own sin.
Lots of festive fun was held at the church in Kimbolton Road in the run up to Christmas.
On December 6, the Christingle service raised more than £800 for the Children’s Society. This was in part thanks to the church craft group – Crafty Mrs Noah – which held a stall afterwards selling lots of handmade gifts, scarves, hats and Christmas wreaths.
On Christmas Eve, the crib service featured real-life donkeys Una and Flora, who led Mary and Joseph through the church as the congregation sang Little Donkey.
At the end of the service all the children were given happy birthday Jesus balloons to take home.
Also on Christmas Eve, the church held its most popular service of the year, Carols by Candlelight. Activities co-ordinator Becky Guynn said: “During this service we received the Peace Light from Bethlehem, brought up by our Guide and Scout group members. Our Junior Choir members received medals from the Royal School of Church Music and we had some very moving readings and songs.”
In the new year, the church will hold its first ever Youthcharist on Sunday, January 17 at 6pm. On January 24 the first ever Messy Church service will be held. It is open to all ages but is especially suitable for younger children. There will be art and craft activities, stories, songs and food.