for the
Family Service
St. Augustine's

1999 December

These are notes and comments on some of the items which appear in the Family Service script. Links from the script point to these entries; clicking the links in the left hand column of the table takes you back to the corresponding link in the script - or, where more than one link from the script points to the note, back to the first such link.

The comments are typically related to features of the service which are specific to our church or the time of the service, or which for some other reason we think might require alteration for another setting.

For references to the internal geography of the church, it might be helpful to inspect the plan.

Stage setting : "Christmas card", set up as described below.
Furniture : In front of the altar : two chairs for Mary and Joseph; and the manger.

Chairs at the side for shoppers to sit on.

People : Overheads person at front before service begins.

? Use the name of someone familiar to all, probably connected with the church - for example, the Vicar.

CHRISTMAS CARD : For this Carol Service we "changed" the wall of the church behind the altar into a "Christmas card".

Behind the altar against the wall is a dark blue curtain. We attached to the curtain a white and yellow border, made of cardboard, and a foil "Merry Christmas" sign to make it look like a Christmas card. We used paper clips to attach the cardboard etc.

We then tried to keep the action in front of the altar within the 'border' area, so that it appeared to happen "inside" the Christmas card.

FLYING ANGELS : No, not really, but we did the best we could. Our angels were dressed in white with material attached to their arms to give the impression of wings when the arms were extended. They held their arms out as they ran down the aisle.

OFFER PEACE : For example, they turn to the congregation and say "peace be with you"; any expression of the peace of God is acceptable.

"Talk about shepherds";
remainder of Shepherd story :
We can't find the script we used for these parts. The story was presented simply and straightforwardly, without surprises or clever tricks.