In the 2016 National Census, in the City of Burnside, 35.5% of people responded that they had “No religion”. An additional 7.9% of people did not state any religion. Add to that the impact of the decline in church attendance of those who did state a religion.
As a consequence, how many children grow up with the idea that the public holiday on December 25th is all about Father Christmas!!
We have the opportunity to present a Christmas play to a large number of primary children in a few weeks time. The children – and staff – will hear at least a part of the true message of Christmas. A high percentage of the children in the designated year levels attend the plays and they show interest in them.
Yet we probably won’t be able to do it. Why? Because we haven’t got enough volunteers willing to help.
Ally Russell, the Director, has assembled some volunteers from her church – St. George’s Anglican Church, Magill. She still needs people to play very simple roles: Joseph, Mary, Shepherds, Angel, Wise men, Gabriel, Innkeepers. They are not taxing – the script was written for older children to play. She also needs someone to make a big star. And some simple painted cardboard ‘Inn’ outlines.
Dates are yet to be confirmed with the schools, but the performances will be early December. There will be 3 or 4 rehearsals leading up to the performances with times and venue depending on volunteer availability. A leaflet containing more details was included in last Sunday’s Newsletter and is also available at the front desk. Please pray very seriously about this situation. If you are willing to help, contact the church office ASAP for more information or to sign up!