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Holy Innocents Episcopal Church to hold unique ‘Paper Bag Pageant’

By Staff | Dec 8, 2016

This one-hour Christmas pageant service is open to all.

LAHAINA – Holy Innocents Episcopal Church is celebrating ten years of its annual “Paper Bag Pageant.”

This innovative Christmas pageant will occur during the 9 a.m. Sunday service on Dec. 11 at the 561 Front St. church.

Holy Innocents welcomes all folks in the community and Holy Innocents Preschool kids and their families to join in the celebration. The preschool kids will open the service with “This Little Light of Mine.” Come check it out!

“Every visitor and parishioner will have a part to play,” explained Rev. Amy Crowe, vicar of this historic Episcopal Church founded in 1862.

A paper bag will be given out at the door to each person, 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.

Over the ten years, this pageant continues to draw many from all over together to celebrate during this Christmas season the birth of the Christ Child. Taking part in the pageant while singing Christmas carols lifts the spirit of all, creating a morning of “chicken skin.”

The pageant originated many years ago from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kula. Holy Innocents parishioner Penny Wakida took on directing it for the Lahaina church. “We are grateful for Penny’s dedication and commitment in this pageant over the years,” Rev. Crowe noted.

The pageant will be followed by birthday cake for Baby Jesus and a potluck in the courtyard behind the sanctuary. All are invited to celebrate.