The Children’s Christmas Service 2009
A report by Julie Hughes
Children at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church staged an
adaptation of the Christmas nativity story. The production
of ‘A Wayne in a Manger’ by Gervase Phinn was adapted from
his hilarious compilation of school nativity play anecdotes
told in his own unique and hugely popular voice.
The children, some as young as three, dressed in a range of
costumes - including tea towels and dressing gowns - and
produced very funny and well-acted scenes from the nativity.
Charlotte, as the teacher, tried her hardest to keep her
class in line but with the poor behaviour and frequent
interruptions, she found it difficult. Frank was fantastic
with his Yorkshire accent telling the Christmas story to
Mark, and as for Bernie’s snoring on stage as the Innkeeper,
she had the whole audience in fits of laughter. The angels,
Grace and Eleanor were great with their rendition of ‘Away
in a Manger’ even when they were told very loudly to keep
Shepherds - Rowan, Shona, Ciara, Tom and Ailis - were great,
and one or two had a quick change of costume halfway and
then became the kings along with Thomas and Leo, delivering
the gifts to Jesus with also some very funny lines.
This is not forgetting a lovely Mary (Emer), Angel (Grace)
and Joseph (Jack). All in all, this was a brilliant and very
funny nativity which gave us all a great start to Christmas.
Many thanks to Pete and Maggie for the many week ends they
put aside to help and direct the children.