Warminster's Messy Nativity Advent Sheep Trail Procession!

by Gerry Lynch last modified 11 Dec, 2013 10:56 AM

Year 2 kids process through Wilts town to celebrate fun event introducing the message of Christmas.

Many of us have heard of Messy Church, but what about a Messy Sheep Trail?

The Messy Nativity Advent Sheep Trail involves placing knitted sheep in the windows of local shops and seeing who can spot and write down the names of all 12. Families write down the name of each sheep. The entry form contains the Christmas story for parents and children to share.

Sheep include Big Shirley, Baa'bara, Ewe'nice. Chloe-Niigella and Leo (who lives in the Lions Club bookshop.) Forms are available from the Warminster Information Centre and Warminster Library or can be downloaded from the Warminster Web. The entry form contains the Christmas story for parents and children to share.

The event runs until December 21, with a prize draw on Christmas Eve when the sheep return to the Minster for the Crib Service at 4 pm.

The sheep were knitted by parishioners of St Denys, the Minster Church in Warminster, and the initiative was launched recently by a procession of fifty Year 2 pupils through the town. The procession was led by Bishop of Ramsbury, the Right Revd Edward Condry, and Town Crier Philip Seddon.

The children processed from the Minster CE School to the town’s Three Horseshoes Mall where they were greeted by the Mayor for the official launch. The Town Crier proclaimed the event, the children sang carols and Bishop Edward blessed everyone and the trail itself.

The Revd Carole Owen, Associate Priest in the Benefice of Warminster St Denys and Upton Scudamore, organised the event. She said, “It’s about getting the Christmas message across to children. My parishioners have been knitting the sheep since July.”

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