Norfolk church celebrates Advent Mexican style
2011: During Advent, 4ft high figures of Mary and Joseph have been popping up at various locations in Wymondham town centre as part of a South Norfolk church’s Christmas celebrations.
This year, as a way of reaching out to the local community, Wymondham Methodist Church drew upon the Mexican tradition of ‘Posada’, where children dressed up as Mary and Joseph go from house to house in search of lodging and telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Different people and institutions in Wymondham hosted the nativity figures. Their schedule included shops, schools, care homes and private homes. This gave each 'host' the chance to create their own celebration in their home or place in the community, worshipping and reaching out to their communities with the real message of Christmas, making room for Jesus in their lives.
The large figures of Mary and Joseph (made of correx – supplied by ‘Silent Lights’) were present at key church events and will end their travels at the Carol Service at the church on Christmas Eve.”
Rev Jacqui Horton said, “The figures have made an impact wherever they have gone. They have been a comfort to older folk, an encouragement to younger people, an educational tool for schoolchildren and a catalyst for relationship building in the community.”
Details of Mary and Joseph’s journal as well as the resources Wymondham Methodist Church have used will be published on their website in preparation for next year. If anyone would like an email notification of this material being available, get in touch through the site at www.wymondhammethodist.org.uk
Pictured: Mary and Joseph at a Day Care Centre and below: The figures at one of the 7 schools visited