Christmas at Manuka
Christmas was huge in the Parish of Manuka.
Over 1400 people attended church on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day with more than 900 communicants.
One of the wonderful services was a children’s Eucharist on Christmas Eve. About 450 people attended with many children joining the service. A nativity play called ‘The Reluctant Donkey’ was part of the service. It told the story of Christmas and proclaimed the good news of Jesus birth.
The play was performed by children with the help of one parent who took the part of the donkey! A children’s choir provided beautiful music. Many of the children gathered around the altar for the Thanksgiving Prayer. Parents and children took Communion together in a service that was such good fun.
The Midnight Eucharist was sung to a setting by Haydn with orchestrated with some 400 people attending.
Christmas Day services were also well attended with the 10 am Eucharist also having about 400 people present. Services at 7 am and 8 am were also well attended and happy celebrations of the Saviour’s birth. St David’s at Red Hill was full for their Christmas Day service. It was wonderful to celebrate Christ’s birth with so many children and adults and to know the presence of Jesus with us all in our lives.”