St Johns Market Nativity Play

Traders and shoppers are being invited to take starring roles in an interactive nativity play at St John’s Market and Shopping Centre.

Traders and shoppers are being invited to take starring roles in an interactive nativity play at St John’s Market and Shopping Centre.

They will be able to take on the role of a Shepherd, Wise Man or Angel as the Nativity story is told in the Market and Shopping Centre on December 18th. Performances will start at 11.30am and be repeated at intervals until 1.30pm, with people being directed to different areas of the Market and Shopping Centre for each scene.

The St John’s Nativity is a collaboration between Mission in the Economy, Messy Church and the River in the City initiative. Mission in the Economy provides pastoral support to people in workplaces across the city and Messy Church is dedicated to bringing church to families who may not be able to make it to traditional services. River in the City, led by Pioneer Minister Keith Hitchman, focuses on bringing new ways of ‘being church’ to people who work, relax and live in Liverpool City Centre. Keith will be the narrator of the play.


Keith Hitchman added, "River in the City is about discovering new ways of connecting the Church with the people and culture of Liverpool city centre. The Messy Nativity is one way of doing this. People are open and receptive to the Jesus Story at Christmas time, and our hope is that many people, children, and families will hear the wonder-full story of the birth of Jesus in a fresh way at St John's Market on Saturday 18th December."

Rev Jean Flood, Chaplain at St John’s Market and member of the Mission in the Economy team said: “The St John’s Nativity is a reminder that amidst all the hustle and bustle of shopping for presents, Christmas is about Christ, God's gift of love to the world.”

The play is the culmination of a week of Christmas activities led by Mission in the Economy between December 13th-18th. They will be running a special stall for the week, offering information leaflets that may be useful to people over the Christmas period and selling gift items. People are also invited to write a prayer and place it on a special prayer tree. They will also be joined by festive choirs and Faiths4Change who will offer environmental tips. Most importantly, the stall will be a place for people to come and have a chat and take time out from the pressures that Christmas can bring.