Hello Families!

If you can believe it, the AUMC Reimagined Christmas Pageant 2021 is upon us! While the world is slowly starting to return to pre-covid experiences, we’ve decided that the Christmas pageant needs to take on a hybrid form this year. Our lead roles will film individually in advance, but our narrators will be live, and all children of the church will have the opportunity to be part of virtual and in-person elements, if they choose (more to come on the in-person element later).

It will be the same as pageants of old – the same script and set, with things done just a little bit differently! And that’s where you come in! If you would like to participate, we ask families to submit photos (details below) and then, if you’re comfortable, also participate in person.

To participate in this year’s pageant, please register here.

Now, for all of our children this year, we are asking you to dress up in the costume of your age group, take a picture, and send it to us. This 5-minute commitment will really make a huge difference in making our pageant great!

All photos are due by Tuesday, November 23!

You can email them to Meredith, the Children’s Director, at mbond@annandale-umc.org.

For Ages 0-2 – Stars
Ideas: a printout with a star on it, star cookie cutter, Christmas decoration/ornament star, etc.

For Ages 3-4 (and all pre-K) – Angels
Ideas: a white adult shirt, pipe cleaner halo, garland halo, etc.

For Kindergarten & 1st Grade – Animals
Ideas: this year, all animals are invited to the nativity – elephants, lizards, unicorns included

For 2nd & 3rd Grade – Sheep or Shepherds
Ideas: bathrobe and towel around head, white shirt with cotton balls, print out of a sheep

Our 4th & 5th graders will be filling the lead roles and the roles of townspeople. If you have (or know of) a 4th or 5th grader that would like to send a townsperson picture, they are more than welcome to send it to us!

We can also make our traditional Christmas pageant costumes available to you. If you’d prefer to come to church to put on a costume and take your picture – please let us know and we’ll arrange for you to do so in a contact-less manner!

And know that this is not just for AUMC Members -this is open to anyone in our community that is interested in sending in their photo! So whether you attend AUMC, have attended in the past, know someone that does, go to the preschool, or simply found out about this online – we’d love to have you!

While the opportunities are different this year, we hope you’ll take a few moments to join us in this awesome Christmas retelling!

Christi Schwarten
Pageant Producer & Director