Use this ready-to-go pageant to relive the Christmas
story with your entire congregation.
During your morning worship service on the Sunday immediately
before Christmas, lead your church in this pageant.
Say: Today is a very special day in our Christian
lives. This morning you’ll help recreate the very first Christmas.
Everyone in this sanctuary is going to have a part in a Christmas
pageant right now.
Assign the following parts and pause to let each group practice
its sounds or actions after their word is read.
*City-Choir or senior citizens stand and make Bible
city sounds such as yelling, donkey sounds, and trumpets.
*Joseph-Men stand, raise their right hands, and say, “O
*Mary-Women stand, pretend to hold a baby, and say,
*Child-The children on your left stand, place their hands
over their hearts, and say, “Love.”
*Angels-The children on your right stand, hold out their
hands like angel wings, and say, “Peace.”
*Shepherds-Church staff members stand and shake their
staffs (use brooms, umbrellas, or yard sticks) in the air.
Instruct your congregation to perform their parts after their
words are read in the following story.
This story is from the book of Luke, Chapter 2:
Joseph (pause) went to the city (pause) of David called Bethlehem,
to be registered with Mary (pause), to whom he was engaged and who
was expecting a child (pause). While they were there, the time came
for her to deliver her child (pause). And she gave birth to her
firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a
manger because there was no place for them in the inn.
In that region, there were shepherds (pause) living in the
fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. Then an angel
(pause) of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord
shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel (pause)
said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see-I am bringing you good
news of great joy for all the people. To you this day is born in
the city (pause) of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign for you: You will find a child (pause) wrapped
in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was
with the angel (pause) a multitude of the heavenly host, praising
God in the highest heaven, and saying, “On earth peace among those
whom he favors!”
When the angels (pause) had left them and gone into heaven, the
shepherds (pause) said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem
and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made
known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary (pause) and
Joseph (pause), and the child (pause) lying in the manger. When
they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this
child (pause); and all who heard it were amazed at what the
shepherd (pause) told them, But Mary (pause) treasured all these
words and pondered them in her heart.
Say: Let’s pray.
Dear God in heaven,
We’ve been so richly blessed with the most precious gift of your
son Jesus Christ. We do truly cherish and treasure our Bibles from
which so many generations have learned and loved this wonderful
story. We thank you that today, in this place, we’ve all had the
honor and privilege of reliving this most blessed event one more
time. We ask that each of us will carry in our hearts a piece of
this Christmas story and that we may be given the strength and
courage to share its meaning with others through the coming
holidays and the coming year.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Diane Ladd has presented this pageant with rave reviews at her
church in Massachusetts.