How the Truth Be Told nativity video will be freely offering joy and hope far and wide this Christmas
Enter stage left.
Small boy in brown dressing gown with tea-towel on head and small girl in blue sheet stuffed with cushion.
They walk the 106-mile journey to Bethlehem across the school hall as though it were holy ground.
Leaping up from their tiny chairs, the parents of these two nativity stars are obvious as their halo of pride and delight flows over the rest of the audience.
A knock of beater on wooden block rings out.
“There is no room here, you can’t come in”.
Celebrating Christmas this year is going to take some creativity, some determination, some resolve. Schools, nurseries, churches, care homes are not going to have a stream of visitors bringing offerings of card, mince-pie and mull.
Rightly so, much has been made of care home residents being prohibited from seeing their family and friends recently. But sadly 60% of residents received no visitors even before the pandemic and so they are “entirely isolated from the wider community if it weren’t for Truth Be Told and the church who run the project” care home worker, Meg told us this month.
That little line of the nativity, usually delegated to a little innkeeper, “you can’t come in” is going to be said by many this year and remain the general undercurrent of the season. Isolating the most isolated, keeping the lonely at arm’s length.
Enter stage right.
Truth Be Told has been tasked by care home providers to bring joy and hope to their residents this Christmas regardless. This is our role week in, week out all through the year in pandemic or peace. So in association with Gateway Church, Poole and our friends at ReBorne Church, Sherborne we are busy. Busy creating a 30-minute nativity-style video with more than 40 children aged 0-12 singing, dancing and telling the bespoke story of Christopher the Christmas Snowman.
Here at Truth Be Told, we think big. And so why stop at one care home provider in one town in one country of the UK?! We have decided to make our video available entirely free to any care home, sheltered housing provider, church or any other organisation that might like to bring some joy and hope to those isolated or lonely this Christmas.
The video is now available to premier in your setting. Just enter your details below right now to be sent a direct link to your inbox.
So please shout about the project. Tell anyone who might be interested because we want our creativity, determination and resolve to be contagious this Christmas.
There is room at the inn for everyone.
Watch this space!
The doors of the Truth Be Told theatre have now closed for the Christmas Nativity of 2020. But don’t despair. We’ll be back next year for an even bigger and better production!