Nursery Children Help Set Up Shrewsbury Church Nativity

Children from a nursery in Shrewsbury nursery have spent Christmas Eve helping a town vicar set up the church nativity display.

Toddlers from Bluebell Nursery and Out Of School Club in Castlefields visited the nearby All Saints With St. Michael , where they helped Father Mike Fish lay out the classic Christmas scene, including all the animals, ready for that afternoon's Crib Service at 4pm.

Amy Beard, toddler room leader at Bluebell, said the visit formed part of their 'People Who Help Us' project, where the children learn about all the other people who make up their neighbourhood.

"The children love visiting All Saints and Father Michael and his wife Meg have been wonderful, showing them around and telling them about all the different things in the church," she said.

"The children were so excited when they were invited over on Christmas Eve morning to help set up the nativity scene and they had such a fantastic time doing it, learning about the Christmas story and all the different animals that were part of it - and perhaps a few non-traditional animals, such as a stable cat.

"It was different but really lovely way for them to spend Christmas Eve with us."

Father Mike, who is also County Chaplain for the Army Cadet Force at Copthorne, said he and his wife thoroughly enjoy the children's visits.

"The church remains a central part of the Castlefields community and it is wonderful that we have built up such a good relationship with Bluebell's," he said.

"The children are always so well behaved and very interested in the church when they visits. Meg once demonstrated the organ to them and they were fascinated, it was lovely to see."

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