The Parish of Island Bay is once again to tap into the seaside suburb’s songwriting talent to produce a unique Nativity production. Not So Silent Night sees local songwriters take on a character from the Nativity each, and compose original music to perform at the event. But this year, the parish is taking the show on the road – and sharing their compositions with their friends in the Parish of South Wairarapa – at Featherston’s ecumenical community carols service.
The collaboration is fantastic to see, and came as a result of a new friendship struck at a diocesan family event. Mark Henderwood from St Hilda’s Island Bay shares: “I met Alan Maxwell from Featherston at this year’s Ministry Leaders’ Family Camp, and we became friends. This is the first time we’ve taken Not So Silent Night on the road.”
Audiences in Island Bay and Featherston can expect something completely different to the usual pre-Christmas fare, says Mark. “We offer fresh songs by wannabe shepherds and and self-proclaimed wisemen – all designed to transport you out of the shopping mall and into the not-so-silent night!” Everyone is welcome, he says – noting that it is a family friendly, free event. If you’re keen to bring a koha, make it a donation worthy of a food bank and this will be passed on by the parishes.
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