A ‘Xmas Factor Live Nativity’ show is being staged by a church as part of its service which tells the biblical story using real animals.
Kimble Free Church’s plans include live music, drama, carols, period dress, puppets and the nativity portrayed in a style resembling the ITV show.
Reverend Val Pyper said: “Each year we try to find a new way to tell the wonderful story of the birth of Jesus.
“This year we have written a brand new script where all the characters you’d expect to find in a typical nativity scene will be performing in front of our own panel of judges.
“They all want a starring role in this year’s nativity scene and the judges will be critiquing their efforts in a very funny yet thought-provoking way.
“Some would say never to work with animals and children, but we’ve gone completely against that advice. We’ve got adults and children dressed as wise men, angels and shepherds, not to mention all our live animals.
“When you mix that lot in with a few traditional carols and our fun-filled adventure, you’ve got the making of an event that will really get you in the mood for Christmas.”
“Christmas can be a truly wonderful time of year especially if you remember the reason why we celebrate it in the first place. The service will not only be great fun, it will also be deeply meaningful.
“If people want to come along dressed up in biblical costume we would love to see them. That would add to the feeling of community that we, as a church, want to promote.
“It would really add flavour to the occasion.”
The show takes place on Sunday December 16 from at 4pm at Kimble Free Church in Grove Lane.
For details visit www.kimble-free.co.uk