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Audience plays a key role in fun ‘Paper Bag Pageant’

By Staff | Dec 10, 2015

The congregation of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church performs the Christmas Pageant.

LAHAINA – Holy Innocents Episcopal Church is celebrating its ninth year of the annual “Paper Bag Pageant.”

The innovative Christmas Pageant will occur during the 9 a.m. Sunday service on Dec. 13 at the 561 Front St. church.

Holy Innocents Preschool kids and their families are invited to join in the fun. The preschool kids will lead attendees in some special music.

“Every visitor and parishioner will have a part to play,” explained Rev. Amy Crowe, vicar of the historic Episcopal Church.

A paper bag will be given out at the door, and all will prepare with their costumes.

At the proper cue by the narrator, every person will join the manger scene assembling before the altar.

The pageant has been a real “chicken-skin” moment each year, as the church community comes together to prepare for this gift to the whole world and sing the carols of the Christmas season.

The pageant originated from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kula many years ago. Holy Innocents parishioner Penny Wakida took on directing it for the Lahaina church.

This one-hour Christmas pageant service is open to all. It will be followed by refreshments in the courtyard behind the sanctuary. All are invited to celebrate!