Advent can be overshadowed by so many things—few of which deal with the birth of the holy child Jesus. Even something clearly focused on Christmas like a children’s pageant can add to seasonal stress.
So why do we have a pageant, if it’s just one more thing to deal with in December?
The first reason is that a pageant is a traditional time for children of all ages to lead worship. “Liturgy” means “the work of the people.” Taking ownership of much of the service is a chance for children to give as well as receive, and to grow into their eventual adult roles in church.
Additionally, “the most vivid and lasting educational experiences a child can have are those involving drama.”* As they take on the roles written in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, children internalize the story in a deeper way than simply reading it. (*To learn more, read the article cited above from the wonderful website BuildFaith.org.)
In order to keep the pageant a time of joy (not dread), our pageant will be very low key—a sacred story, not an extravaganza. Parents, please read my special letter to you with all the logistics about the pageant. And even if you aren’t a parent, I encourage you to come and support our children in their worship service.
Advent is intended to be a holy, mysterious time of waiting. I wish you an Advent that is full of unexpected quiet and holy moments.
In Christmas Joy,
Director of Children & Youth Ministries