Burwood Uniting Church will once again be running their Follow the Star program this Christmas season. Now in its 13th year, the event was started with one idea – to teach children about the Christmas story.
The church has been hard at work putting together 3D displays made up of toys, mannequins, and even handmade knitted dolls. These displays show scenes from the nativity, and a trail of stars along the floor leads visitors through the narrative. Also featured is a Christmas Tree Forest, with trees decorated by the local community.
Felicity Fallon, the event organiser for the last four years, said that the event has become part of the wider community. “We work hard to connect with the local community,” she said. “We advertise in local businesses, and we buy everything locally.”
The event is supported by the Boroondara Council.
Follow the Star is open to the public and the church also runs special programs for school groups and groups from aged care facilities.
Over 500 people visited the display last year, more than half of those children.
The opening celebration, which will be held on 6 December, will also feature stands to raise money for the Christmas Bowl Appeal. There will also be a special performance by the Hawthorn Band.
Follow the Star will commence at 10am on Saturday 6 December. The event will run for a week, and will be open to the public from 10am – 2pm, at Burwood Uniting Church, Cnr Warrigal Rd & Hyslop St, Glen Iris. For more information, visit: burwood.unitingchurch.org.au