Ron Pyle, Sue Woodcock and her granddaughter Aalia Woodcock-Howse rehearsing.
Ron Pyle, Sue Woodcock and her granddaughter Aalia Woodcock-Howse rehearsing. Colin Gilmore

Christmas star performs on stage

CHRISTMAS stars will promote the true meaning of Christ's birth at St Peter's Anglican Church Coolangatta on Christmas Eve.

Parishioner and retired clergywoman Sue Woodcock said the play would recognise Jesus as the Christmas Star.

"Various characters come on stage to say they're the Christmas Star," she said.

"The host, a child, will ask is Mary the star, but no, is Joseph the star, also no, then King Herod will come out and say 'I'm the king so I must be the Christmas Star', after which he's told he isn't and goes out in a rage.

"Santa is suggested as the star because his image is everywhere, but no, and it goes on to the end until Jesus is revealed as the Christmas Star."

Those in attendance at the church on the corner of Lanham and Dutton St will then sing happy birthday to Christ and share cake.

"The message is Jesus is the focus of Christmas, because many people have lost that message.

"Children think it's about waiting for Santa but it's actually about waiting for Jesus to be born," Ms Woodcock said.

The church generally hosts a Christmas-themed play each year, with similar messages attached.

Many parishioners will be involved in the 6.30pm (NSW) event which is also aimed at keeping children entertained while learning about religion.

"It's a light-hearted sort of service families can participate in with their children, who sometimes find it boring.

"So if we can send a message and entertain them, it's good," Ms Woodcock said.

The church also hosts an 11.30pm Christmas Eve and 7am Christmas Day service for night owls and early risers, respectively.

The Christmas Star play service will be followed by a barbecue.

CHRISTMAS STARS: Ron Pyle, Sue Woodcock and her granddaughter Aalia Woodcock-Howse rehearsing. Photo: Colin Gilmore



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