MapleCreek Christmas chapel features senior ‘Living Nativity’

by John Elmore 22. December 2011 14:33

Trinity Chapel at The Terraces at MapleCreek was a packed house filled with residents, staff and family members for the annual all-campus Christmas Chapel on Dec. 21, 2011. “We counted 120 people in there,” said MapleCreek’s ordained chaplain, Rev. Rebecca Ebb-Speese, also known as Pastor Becky. “That’s about as many as we can hold.”

The program featured the playing and singing of Christmas carols, along with select Bible scripture readings. “We had nine scripture readers, all but one of them MapleCreek residents,” Pastor Becky said. “The Terraces choir had 10 staff and residents who sang ‘While By Our Sheep.’ Special music was provided by the Wellers -- George, whose mother Clare lives at The Terraces, on classical guitar, and his wife Jan on recorder. The Woods Chimes choir played a beautiful hand chimes rendition of ‘Silent Night.’ Sharon Munson, MapleCreek volunteer coordinator, played the Christmas carols on the piano as everyone sang.

This year Pastor Becky added a ‘Living Nativity’ to the Christmas service. Most living nativities in churches feature kids, but this one was made up of six MapleCreek residents from The Woods (memory care) and The Lodge (skilled nursing) portraying Mary, Joseph, two shepherds and two angels. “And Woods clinical manager Deedre Vriesman’s baby, Jade, was our Baby Jesus,” said Pastor Becky.

Toward the end of the service, battery-powered candles were distributed to everyone. They provided a wonderful glow in the darkened chapel as symbols of the hope we celebrate in the birth of Christ, the light of God that has come into the world.





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