Trinity URC Wigan are delighted with the response to their sheep trail during Advent, which aims to get the community involved at Christmas, in a Covid safe way.

 Boy on sheep trail

 Trinity URC Wigan by night

 Advent bag

 Knitted sheep

Ruth Parker on sheep trailThe Close Knit group knitted 16 sheep, which were placed in windows across a two mile trail, according to church Family Worker Ruth Parker. With Facebook boosts reaching 2500 people, schools being given the trail sheets and the North Wigan Brownie and Rainbows doing the trail as part of their outdoor challenge, Ruth said the response has been ‘fantastic.’

‘The sheep trail follows a long line of things we have done to engage with the local community during the pandemic. The sheep will end up at the church window Nativity scene on Christmas week. We’re working together with the Baptist church, who are doing an Angel trail.’

Other activities this year have included Easter, Pentecost and Advent bags, church window displays,  an online youth club, and an online drama group - with the children’s section performing and recording two plays, which were put on YouTube.

‘We have also been recording a New Normal Nativity with the Baptist Church Messy Church family, and our own youth club and drama families. This will go online on 20 December. Nearly all of these families are on the fringes of both churches, but though they do not attend on Sundays, would consider Trinity or the Baptist Church their home church.

‘It seems strange to me as I started my job on 1 March and this is “normal” for me! I never got to work with the old normal!!’