Blessing of New Nativity

With Carols ringing in our ears and hearts filled with the joyful message of Christ’s birth, folks gathered at St. George’s to celebrate the installation of a new life-sized Nativity.

Early evening on the first Sunday of Advent, folks gathered to drink hot chocolate and eat cookies, in the parish hall to celebrate the beautifully carved display. People from the congregation and the wider community sang Christmas Carols and heard The Rev’d Canon Rob Park read the Christmas Story.

Canon Park took the opportunity to thank Robbin and Laura Wenzoski, who were in attendance, for their wonderful wooden sculpture of the Holy Family. Robbin, who has been chainsaw carving for eleven years, designed and carved the figures from wood “found” and reclaimed for their art. Laura is responsible for the finishing work of sanding and varnishing. Together they created a very powerful depiction of Joseph, Mary, and the Christ Child.

Rob expresses his gratitude to Robbin Wenzoski for the work he and Laura did to create this wonderful work. Photo: Sue Graham

Canon Park also acknowledged the leadership of the project by parishioner Rick Gorski and the list of donors who helped bring the project to fruition.

Finally, the gathering moved to the front lawn to bless the Nativity and hear the carillon ring out.

The joyful message of Christ’s birth will be proclaimed by this impressive work to all who pass by St. George’s this year and for years to come.