The story below was published in the Evening Express on Sat 5th Dec 2020:
Ministers across the Church of Scotland have developed new and innovative ways in which to tell the Christmas Story and celebrate this time of Advent when churches cannot be accommodating the many who would wish to attend services.
South St. Nicholas Parish Church in the community of Kincorth is no exception and a great deal of effort has gone into creating a magical experience at the front of the church. Illuminated figures from the Christmas story have been placed in the grass area where people from the community can come along and using their phones access QR reader to take them to a narration of the nativity story and a song or carol.
In the retelling of the Christmas message during the pandemic, churches have embraced technology that will appeal to many who perhaps would not normally access church services. They will experience the act of following the star and make their way to Bethlehem to remember the birth of Jesus by using the QR code facility on their phones.
Also, in the grassy area, a labyrinth walk has been laid out. Labyrinth walking is an ancient practice used by many different faiths for spiritual centring, contemplation, and prayer. Entering the serpentine path of a labyrinth, you walk slowly while quietening your mind and focusing on a spiritual question or prayer. The most famous Christian Labyrinth is in Chartres cathedral
What Is a Labyrinth? A labyrinth is not a maze. It has only one path to the centre and back out, which is called unicursal (one line). It has no blind alleys or dead ends as mazes have. The path twists and turns back on itself many times before reaching the centre. Once at the centre, there is only one way back out! We hope both these new activities will be helpful for you to enjoy Christmas.
Rev Eddie McKenna, minister at South St. Nicholas Parish church explains why he decided to do this “I wish I could say it was my idea alone , but I know several other churches are doing something similar which is great. The idea is simply to encourage people to follow the Christmas Story in a different way, through using smartphones. We think this year, this kind of creativity together with the challenges all of us are facing with Covid 19 has opened new possibilities like this which are likely to see new traditions being created!
For further information please contact South St. Nicholas Parish Church:
Rev Eddie McKenna firstname.lastname@example.org Tel number 07460 35 353