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Stories from Messy Nativity sheep trails


Sheep in Liverpool OneKnitting sheep may not be your first choice for a hobby this Advent, but there will be people in your community who actually get excited about doing just this! Since the sharing of a Liverpool city project in one of BRF's Messy Church publications Messy Nativity we have heard about many communities sharing the real story of Christmas by creating a Messy Nativity Sheep Trail for families. Knitted sheep are placed in shops and buildings and families hunt for their names to complete a trail leaflet. On the leaflet is the real story of Christmas. Communities are encouraged to have fun exploring yet also discovering that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus and not Santa!

Schools have become involved, shops have offered vouchers for prize draws, and churches have created special services to invite the sheep and families to! BRF have received stories, photos and encouragement about bringing Jesus back into Christmas.

Sheep in WaterstonesAs the sheep knitting projects continue year after year, we want to encourage you to send us your stories and photos to share with all the Messy communities. Look upon this section of the Messy Church website as your sheepfold. Help us to gather the stories by posting them here.

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Update from Pastor Sandra Rudd at the Sitka Lu

We held a Sheep trail in our local shops in Broadwater, Worthing this Advent.

We did the Sheep Trail round our village shops in the week up to our Carol Service. 18 sheep went into 16 shops. The shopkeepers were invited to the service and the families who did the Trail.

So we decided to do the sheep trail here in Morden. Wow is all I am able to say about the whole event and its not even started!

Inspired by other stories of Messy Nativity Sheep Trails, we thought it would be good to have a go in Chard.

How many sheep can one congregation make? The answer for ours was over 40.

We've heard so many wonderful stories about Messy Nativity Sheep Trails happening over Advent.

Baaa... those woolly sheep are breeding all over the place for Jane's Messy Nativity sheep trail.