On Saturday 30th November, the Parish of Teme Valley North hosted a Narnia experience day for the community at St. Lawrence’s Church, Lindridge.
A talented band of local actors put on four performances throughout the day, to a total of 80 people, from babes in arms to pensioners. The audience were held rapt by the story, whilst awestruck at the transformation of the church variously into a forest, Mr and Mrs Beaver’s house, the white queen’s palace and Aslan’s battle camp.
By kind invitation, the church used the adjacent school hall as a pop-up cafe and children’s activity centre with the theme of ‘winter wonderland’. There were also competitions with tickets to the West Midlands Safari Park as prizes. One of these competitions is ongoing throughout December, and details can be found here.
Revd Eva McIntyre, producer and director, said: “I have head some powerful comments from those who have been involved throughout the whole process that have shown it has meant a great deal to them and the sense of community belonging has increased.”
Whilst the set of Narnia is mainly to be dismantled, the lamp-post scene where Lucy and Mr Tumnus first met will be in church throughout Advent and Christmas, and Revd Louise Grace extends a warm welcome to children and the young at heart to step into the festive scene, particularly for our Christingle service on Saturday 7th December, 3pm (preceded by Christmas crafts in the school hall at 1pm) and Carols around the Crib on Saturday 21st December at 10.15am, both at St. Lawrence, Lindridge.
On Saturday 30th November we had a truly magical experience as we visited Narnia at St Lawrence’s Church, Lindridge. We were ushered from the School over to the Church and found our way through fur coats in the wardrobe into a snow covered wood, a magical winter wonderland of talking animals and the White Witch!
All the actors put on a brilliant performance and it was wonderful to see children (and adults) transfixed by the whole experience from start to finish. The performance was produced and directed by Reverend Eva McIntyre and many worked so hard behind the scenes to make the occasion so successful.
I must mention all the hard work put in by Reverend Louise Grace and Team for running an “all day cafe” in the school hall, providing much needed sustenance, complete with Christmas activities for children, together with competitions.