This year will be the second year we send out a Posada from church into the villages where our churches are based.
If you’ve never heard of a Posada, it’s a South American tradition where Mary and Joseph take a journey through the community every Advent (mirroring the real life journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem) and people sign up to host them for a day and a night before passing them on to the next hosts. It’s a great way of getting people from both inside and outside of church involved in the Nativity story over Advent and will open up many conversations with people who are puzzled about why two dolls are joining in events!
Last year Mary and Joseph had some amazing adventures: They went to a Derby County football match (their host that day had knitted them some scarves!), played in the sandpit at the local primary school, went to some cafes, rehearsed with the worship group, went to a few parties, spent time on the beach and went up in a cherry picker with a local handyman. Each host took some photos and we uploaded them to our Posada Facebook page so everyone could see what they were doing.
Mary and Joseph finished their journey at the crib service on Christmas Eve and, next morning, they were displayed in church complete with a baby Jesus!
Have a look at our Facebook page to see what they are up to this year and why not have a go yourself!