Christmas Eve Pageant and Children’s Choir
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT/CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY SERVICE
This year we will be presenting “A Simple Christmas Pageant” at the 5:00 PM Family Christmas Eve Service. This is a wonderful but simple telling of the Christmas Story. All participants will play a role in the pageant, and will be in costume. Children can also choose to be part of the Christmas Eve Children’s Choir. There are also several spoken parts which will be given to children who wish to read.
Because we had so many participants last year (almost 30!), we need to expand a bit this year in order to make everything work out. Last year we had three children’s choir rehearsals and one rehearsal for all participants. This year there will still be three children’s choir rehearsals, but there will also be three rehearsals for all participants. This will allow us more time to work on the reading parts for the children, more time to learn some of the Christmas carols, more time to prepare costumes, and more time to get comfortable with telling the Christmas story.
Here is the schedule:
Sunday 12/6, 4-5 PM, Introductory meeting for parents and children. We will talk about the pageant we’ll be presenting and sing a few carols from it. We will also assign costumes, parts, and reading parts. We will also review the schedule, and answer any questions you may have. Please note this rehearsal precedes the Advent Festival which will begin at 5:00 PM; you’re invited to stay for the Festival after the pageant rehearsal finishes.
Sunday 12/20, 11:30-1:30 PM, Rehearsal for all participants. We’ll start by sharing lunch together. Then we will practice so we can learn where to stand, when to sit, and how to be best the sheep, shepherds, and angels! We will sing the carols (led by the Christmas Eve Children’s Choir), and practice all the reading parts.
Wednesday 12/23, 4-5:30 PM, Final Rehearsal for all participants. We will review everything we learned on Sunday, including practicing all the music and spoken parts. We’ll take a short snack break, put our costumes on, and do the whole show in costume.
Sunday 12/24, 5:00 PM Family Christmas Eve Service. Please arrive by 4:45 in costume for the service.
Children are also invited to sing in the Christmas Eve Children’s Choir. (This are the options – they can be in the pageant only, be in the pageant and sing in the choir, or even just sing with the choir). Here are the additional Children’s Choir practices:
- Thursday 12/3, 4:00-5:00 PM
- Thursday 12/10, 4:00-5:00 PM
- Thursday 12/17, 4:00-5:00 PM
We ask everyone who knows the want to participate to sign-up in advance. If you need to think about it, you can always choose to join us at the first practice on 12/6 and sign up then. If you know your child/children would like to participate, please sign up on line or download the printable form, complete it and return it to Liz Braden’s mailbox (in the copier room, around the corner from the offices). You can also simply email Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org with all the needed information. Please direct any questions to Liz by email or by phone/text at 215-738-2227. Any parents, grandparents or caregivers willing to help out in any way, please note that on your sign-up form, or drop Liz a note.