Authentic live action Christmas crib service at church

The cast of Heckington Church's Christmas Eve crib service, complete with donkeys from Swaton and real baby Jesus - Oliver Venni. EMN-151224-180238001
The cast of Heckington Church's Christmas Eve crib service, complete with donkeys from Swaton and real baby Jesus - Oliver Venni. EMN-151224-180238001

St Andrew’s Church in Heckington held a special crib service on Christmas Eve.

The story of the Nativity was re-told for families with a real baby, Oliver Venni, playing the part of Jesus, two real donkeys and a special appearance by Jamila the Camel – courtesy of Heckington Players.

St Andrew's Church, Heckington held its Christmas Eve crib service. From left - Libby Skinner - Angel Gabriel, Alex Carter - Joseph, Hannah Priestley - Mary, and Oliver Venni as the baby Jesus. EMN-151224-180249001

St Andrew's Church, Heckington held its Christmas Eve crib service. From left - Libby Skinner - Angel Gabriel, Alex Carter - Joseph, Hannah Priestley - Mary, and Oliver Venni as the baby Jesus. EMN-151224-180249001

Children were encouraged to join in dressed as shepherds, angels or wise men and there were carols and songs with Rev Chris Harrington on the guitar.