Background information about our pageant "Good News of Great Joy"
Most of the scenes in the pageant were enacted by family groups who were able to come to our church building on December 12, put on costumes, and take off their masks to play their parts before a camera team (masked!) including Allison Batson, Gretchen Pritchard, and Marion Pritchard, with staging help of all kinds from Susan Stanley. Some scenes were, instead, filmed at home to be edited into the final video.
Credit for the colossal job of editing all this material into a coherent whole goes to Marion Pritchard!!
Kathleen Kaye is our narrator, from beside her family's Christmas tree at home. (Watch carefully for some fun details in her scenes.) Prophecies from Isaiah are read by many voices, young and old. Rev. Bob and a friend, Natalie Owens-Pike, and Chloe Barajas, intersperse the scenes with carols.
Gabriel and Eva Thomas, with their parents Prakash and Shari, perform the annunciation scene and the arrival in Bethlehem. Robin Zenobi gives them a hard time as the First Innkeeper. The Aitkenhead family -- Kate, Sarah, Lauren, and John -- act out the shepherds' scene, while Desirée Figueroa, as "the Angel of the Lord," announces the wondrous birth from in front of her family's Christmas tree at home, with her mom, Michelle Figueroa, behind the camera, and her little brother Desmond (and then many others, thanks to video editing!) joining in the chorus of "Glory to God in the highest!"
The three Wise (Wo)men, Chloe Barajas, Helen Barajas, and Victoria Carpenter, make the journey, led (from six feet or more away!) by the Star (Susan Stanley), And baby Niko Mastriano lies in the manger, adored by a miniature Mary and Joseph, his sisters Gianna and Mila. Both Gianna and Mila take a turn as Mary, as you will see in the final scene!
The half-hour presentation will also include prayer offered by the Rev. Bob Bergner, and will be interspersed with organ music by Hollie Schrader (with words onscreen) for singing along at home with familiar carols.
Many thanks to all who took part to make this celebration a reality! Merry Christmas!
Christmas Presents For Baby Jesus
Part of our traditional Christmas pageant celebration at Grace & St Peter's is to bring a practical gift for the newborn Christ Child, who, when he became an adult, told the world that whatever we do for "the least of these members of my family," we do for him. Accordingly, for many years we have invited the pageant congregation to gather around the manger and offer gifts of ... diapers.
Those diapers (and gifts of money) were then taken to the Diaper Bank of Connecticut. Diapers are a significant expense for many families in poverty, and the New Haven Diaper Bank meets an important and often overlooked need.
This year you may make your gift to the Diaper Bank either directly on the Diaper Bank's website (www.thediaperbank.org) or by sending a check to Grace & St Peter's, made out to the church but clearly memoed DIAPER BANK DONATION.
Baby Jesus and his mommy and daddy send you their thanks!
Sunday School on Hiatus...
Have a Merry Christmas, and enjoy your school vacation!
We will see you in the New Year, January 4th at 11:30.
Dinner for a Dollar
Wishes you a Merry Christmas!
Our meal on December 18th was prepared by Mary Ellen Porcelli. Mac n Cheese with ham was served with a side of green beans and dinner rolls. Assorted cookies completed the dinner!
We pray for our ministries at Arden House and Whitney Manor. We pray for our Friday night dinner ministry. We pray for the ministry of Christian Community Action in New Haven, and the families they serve. We pray for our own parish of Grace and St. Peter's.
We pray for those in need of healing:
Peter, Mary, Mac, Alice, Bernadette, Marge, Sandi, Micki, Matthew, Peter, Nancy, Judy, John, Chukky, Elsie, Joan, Annabelle, Charles, Fiona, Marion, Dan, Debbie, Ellen, Nicole, Cassie, Phillip, Anthony, Mary-Anne, Margaret, Gwennie, Christy, James, Pat L., Ed, Phil, Alicia, Sean, Diane, Debbie, Esther, Candice, and Verna. We hold in our hearts all those who mourn.
Joining the Episcopal Church of Connecticut in the cycle of prayer, we pray for: We pray for St. Mark’s, Bridgeport; St. Mark’s, Bridgewater; Good Shepherd, Bristol/Plainville. We also pray For soup kitchens and food pantries, and all ministries that feed those who go without .
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