Christmas Narrative 40th Year Dedication at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
The Christmas Narrative is the retelling of the birth of Jesus and will be performed on December 24 at 4:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New Providence with Holy Eucharist immediately following. It is especially designed for youth and families and features children of all ages and traditional carols, as well as live sheep.
St. Andrew’s will be holding this year’s event in honor of Sarah White on the 40th year of the Christmas Narrative. Sarah, who passed away this May, was a longtime member of the church who first started the Christmas Pageant, as it was then known, in 1972. The pageant was started at the request of Canon Shreve, St. Andrew’s first rector. Sarah and her husband Marlin White made large scenery sets, props and costumes for the event, which was performed on the parish hall stage before being moved into the church sanctuary several years ago. One prop, a shepherd’s staff made by Marlin, is still used to this day in each year’s Narrative.
The new 2012 Christmas Narrative Director is Sarah White’s daughter, Carolyn McGhee, who is carrying on the family tradition. Carolyn has many fond memories of the Christmas Pageant from her years participating as a child. Her own children, Sarah and Tommy, the grandchildren of Sarah White, have been in the narrative cast for several years, including the 2012 Christmas Narrative.