Diss church runs town-wide Christmas sheep hunt
In the run up to Christmas St Mary’s Church in Diss are challenging children in the community to find 144 lost sheep that have been hidden in the shops around the town and return them to the shepherds at the Christmas services.
This Christmas St Mary’s Church, Diss are encouraging the younger members of the community to think about the nativity story in a slightly different and perhaps quirkier way.
From now until Christmas Eve, a number of shops around Diss town centre will be putting up posters in their window to let children under five know that 144 lost sheep have been found and if they ask nicely they will be given one.
The children and their families are then invited to bring the sheep to the Crib Service at St Mary’s Church on Christmas Eve or the Family Service on Christmas Day where the sheep will be returned to the shepherds Joshua and Anna and the children will get to hear the story of Christmas.
Rev Wendy Evans, Team Vicar in the Diss Ministry Team said: "Shepherds, Joshua and Anna, are presently frantically looking for their sheep and need to get them back in time for Christmas! Shepherds Joshua and Anna have been reported to have said: “We really are very worried about our sheep! We do hope someone will help us find them!”"
Wendy continued: “The story of Joshua and Anna's lost sheep has caught the imagination of the people of Diss and it's been a delight to see the faces of both the shop staff and the children's parent light up as they find a lost sheep".
Can you help Ann and Joshua find one of their 144 lost sheep that are hidden across 12 locations in Diss? If you think you can please remember to bring them back to Joshua and Anna at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 5pm in St Mary’s Church, Diss or the Family Service on Christmas Day at 10.30 am.
St Mary's Church, Mount Street, Diss, IP22 4QQ