Sheep help deliver the Christmas message

Jill Kerney and Sandy Tout with the knitted sheep
Jill Kerney and Sandy Tout with the knitted sheep

SHEEP have appeared in more than thirty Lancing shops as part of an effort to bring the nativity story to families doing their Christmas shopping.

The flock was knitted by members of the congregation of St Michael and All Angels Church in Lancing, and is part of a fun Christmas activity for children called the Sheep Trail.

Once children have found all the sheep, they can enter into a prize draw, which will take place after St Michael’s Candlelight Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 5.30pm.

Each entry form contains a retelling of the Christmas story and a nativity scene to colour in.

Shepherding the project is Jill Kerney, of St Michael’s Messy Church, which uses fun, food, crafts and worship to bring all ages together outside traditional Sunday worship.

Mrs Kerney said: “This is a fun way of encouraging families to visit the local shops during the run-up to Christmas and for them to explore the nativity story. It is an entertaining way to reintroduce the real meaning of Christmas.”

Entry forms can be downloaded from the St Michael’s website and can be returned to Lancing Library, WHSmith Lancing and Lancing Village Action.

Karen Laister of the Bible Reading Fellowship said: “The Sheep Trail is a way of encouraging communities to have fun exploring yet also discovering that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus and not Santa.”