Members of two Uckfield churches will be touring Uckfield with a nativity scene on a float in the run up to Christmas.
King’s Church and Uckfield Baptist Church usually wow townspeople during late night shopping with their telling of the traditional Bible story, but that won’t be possible this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Instead the plan is to have a float carrying Mary and Joseph, accompanied by wise men, shepherds and Christmas carols, touring the town.
The float will be out over two days, on Friday, December 18, and Saturday, December 19.
On the Friday it is due to visit Rocks Park, Hunters Way, Nevill Road, Roman Way, Downsview Crescent, Tesco Express and Browns Lane.
On the Saturday it is scheduled to visit Harlands Farm and West Park, and possibly other places.
The churches hope you will be able to watch from your window or doorstep, a pavement or garden, or anywhere at a safe distance.
Due to the size of the float it will be unable to get down every road but the church hopes you will be able to come and find them.
Chrissy Noble from King’s Church, said: “As Christians, we believe that the Christmas message is for everyone. God sent His son Jesus, to earth as a baby. This baby would grow up to die on a cross, and be raised to life, providing the way for us to know the God who loves us. This Christmas message of peace, forgiveness, and new life feels especially appropriate this year.”
Chrissy added that they would not be allowed to distribute handouts but King’s Church and Uckfield Baptist Church, invite townspeople to join in online Christmas services via YouTube, from 10am on Christmas Day.
And she said: “If the current situation has left you with questions about faith, then you are invited to a 3,2,1 course via Zoom, looking at the basics of the Christian faith, with a time for questions and discussion.
“Join us free of charge on Tuesday evenings, January 12, 19, and 26, starting at 7.30pm for 75 mins.
“Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and wise men look forward to seeing you, and together with the church families at King’s and UBC, wish you a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.”
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• King’s Church is launching a four-week mini series for online services starting on Sunday, November 29.
It will be called ‘The Wonder of Christmas’ and Ade Ward, one of the leaders, says: “In these days of uncertainty we would love to share with you the timeless story of the first Christmas in Bethlehem.
“We will be hearing about the angel Gabriel appearing before Mary, th shepherds guarding their flocks by night, the birth of a king in the humble setting of straw, and farm animals, and this special baby being visited by wise men bringing special gifts from afar.”
The weekly broadcast goes out on the King’s Church Uckfield YouTube channel starting at 10am.