Shoppers got quite a surprise when nativity characters suddenly popped up among them and Mary gave birth to baby Jesus three times in Market Square!
Churches Together and Hope, two networks of various churches from across Lancaster, decided to bring the meaning of this Advent season into the centre of Lancaster.
Rev Sandra Jones, a pastor at Father’s House Elim Church, said: “We wanted to say Merry Christmas to our city as the church together – to present in a fun, interactive way the nativity story and to help people get ready, by offering to wrap their presents they have just bought, free of charge.”
At the gazebo in the Market Square in addition to the present wrapping, children and adults were transformed with face paints into angels, reindeer and Christmas trees, all free of charge.
Contemporary Christmas music and readings entertained all, as they gazed on the wonder of the nativity and left with white starred blue helium filled balloons with a invitation to follow and maybe join us at a variety of Christmas services across the city.
The churches represented were Father’s House Elim, St Tees, Christians Alive, Lancaster Free Methodist, Lancaster Baptist Church, Scotforth Methodist Church, Christ Church and the Quakers.