Scratch Nativity

Written By:
Angela Bryan
Bible Refs: Luke 1:26-2:21, Matt 1:18

This nativity needs no rehearsal, and only a small amount of preparation. This can be advertised for everyone to come along dressed as any character from the story, and it doesn’t matter how many of each character you have (although at least one of each is helpful!): Angel, Mary, Joseph, Star, Shepherd, Wise man, Donkey, other animals (optional) …and a King Herod (probably only one, and it’s worth priming someone, as it’s not the most obvious choice for nativity dressing-up).

The majority of words are delivered by a narrator (in amusing, rhyming form), from front centre, although they could be split between two narrators. One other person is needed: someone to manage the action and movement of the characters, which appear in the script in red italics. But the directions in red can be ignored if unhelpful, and song suggestions likewise!

The words for everyone, or for particular characters, could be projected, but it works equally well simply repeating what the narrator says. If a gathering craft activity would fit with your context, people could turn long cardboard tubes into telescopes for the wise men, but this is not essential to the nativity.

The script also includes song suggestions - this is really a whole service plan, but if you have less time you could edit it down.


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Angela is a Priest-in-Charge of an estate church, and estates missioner for Rochdale Deanery. She loves Jesus, custard, music, theatre, and being creative in worshipping God.

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Graham Slader
12 Dec 2016 10:50
Thank you for this great resource. We used it this Sunday with a fairly small, older congregation swelled by a couple of extra families, and it was great! All ages joined in, and the way the story is told, highlighting elements such as the lack of donkey, innkeeper, etc in an accessible way really complemented the way we have been exploring the Christmas story this Advent. I'd never tried a nativity from scratch before, but this worked really well.
Geoff Rhodes
15 Dec 2016 15:56
Late finding this but it is in good time for next year!!
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