The churches in West Bergholt and Great Horkesley, as part of their Christmas preparations, are supporting Mary and Joseph on their journey around the villages.
They will be visiting the various West Bergholt Guide, Brownies, Cubs, Beavers and Rainbow packs in the lead up to the Gift and Parade service with the Uniformed organisations on Sunday 11th December at 11.00am. This will take place in the West Bergholt Methodist Church, Chapel Road and all are welcome to come to this celebration service.
Mary and Joseph will also be visiting other groups/organisations that are happy to offer them hospitality. Their itinerary is still being finalised but it is already known that among others they will be visiting:-
- Bluebell pre-school,
- Christmas tree festival at Great Horkesley,
- St. Marys for young people’s activities.
Posada – A Mexican Custom
This custom of the figures of Mary and Joseph going on a journey in the local community stems from Mexico where it is known as ‘Posada’. As we welcome the figures of Mary and Joseph we are encouraged to remember those who are homeless and outcast today and to reflect on how we might offer hospitality to others this Christmas.
These figures of Mary and Joseph are travelling around West Bergholt and Great Horkesley to remind us of that first Christmas journey to Bethlehem. When they arrived no room could be found for them, except in a stable. Hopefully this year they will receive a warm welcome in the groups that they visit and there will be places for them to stay.
They are keeping a diary of their travels. This will be available at West Bergholt Methodist Church from their Candlelight Carol service at 6.30pm on 18th December onwards. All are welcome to join us on December 18th at West Bergholt Methodist Church, Chapel Road.
Contact us if your group is interested in Mary and Joseph visiting and would like to welcome them. Andrew Wilks can be contacted on 01206 242511 or by email: [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”]).
West Bergholt Methodist Church, St Mary’s Church West Bergholt and All Saints and St John’s Churches Great Horkesley.