From the Editors Desk

Memories can warm you up from the inside especially on a cold winters night in December. 

It was the early evening of Friday 21st December 2018 and everyone was waiting patiently outside Bethany Baptist Church Chadsmoor.









Why were they waiting?

Young and old alike were there. To be transported to place they remember from their past or to a place they had perhaps never been before. To come together and be part of a communities re-enactment of the Nativity. To remember the real reason people from around the world celebrate the birth of a child over 2000 years ago. From Joseph and Mary's walk to Bethlehem to the visit of the Shepherds and Kings from the East to the birthplace of Jesus Christ in stable.

Over 100 local adults and children gathered there to hear and see the enactment of the story once again or perhaps for the first time and to sing carols that had such a special meaning for so many people.

So the portrayal moved on from Mary and Joseph's walk to Bethlehem at Bethany to the visit of the Shepherds (and a visit of Santa Claus for the children, and there were quite a few) at Chadsmoor Methodist Church.  Here more Carols roused the spirits of the growing congregation before everyone moved on to Saint Chads Church for the visit of the 3 Wise Men and their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh and their encounter with Herod. Undeterred by the cold everyone drew on their reserves to sing the final carols of the evening.

So what has this to do with 'Back to the Future at Christmas'?

Many special childhood memories of carolling with family and friends and of receiving a penny or two from householders who had enjoyed the sweet but often out of tune singing of children at they're door will have been  rekindled.

For the future there is optimism that the real reason for celebrating Christmas and the Birth of Jesus Christ has not been totally lost in Chadsmoor. That there is hope that in the years ahead the Nativity Walk in Chadsmoor will grow in strength and more young and old alike will join the celebration of our Lord and Saviour.

(Photos can be seen in Photos)