Desks, Religion, Community Affairs Writers, Picture Desk
BY POPULAR DEMAND:
PHOTOS AT ST PAULS CATHEDRAL.
CHRISTMAS INTERVIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
a blockbuster debut last year, Nativity Photos are back at St Pauls
Anglican Cathedral in Melbournes CBD. The photos are a religious
alternative to the ubiquitous shopping mall Santa Claus photographs
and gives children the chance to dress up as Mary, Joseph, the three
wise men even baby Jesus - in a life-size nativity setting
set in the idyllic surroundings of the Cathedral. Photographs cost
from $20 inc gst for two photos which are delivered via mail.
Photos is the brainchild of Anglican cleric Reverend Howard Langmead
of St Johns West Brunswick who wanted to offer a Christian
alternative to the man in the red suit with the bag of plastic presents.
The service is supported by volunteers.
discovered a market for nativity photos a big one,
says Reverend Langmead. Even non-Christians took up the chance
to celebrate Christmas with their kids in a fun, meaningful, non-commercial
way which was great. Santa just better get used to it.
success has inspired similar ventures in Tasmania, Gippsland, and
Young, NSW. I look forward to a much busier year at the Nativity
than last year, adds the Reverend.
Langmead, who moonlights as a stand-up comic, media commentator
and laughter workshop facilitator, uses modern approaches to spreading
the word having previously taken the gospel to pubs and staging
God Expos. He also has a website www.howardlangmead.com.au
high-energy man of God is available for interview about Nativity
Photos and other Christmas-related topics including:
the fight to put the Christ into Christmas in a material world;
the growth in demand for meaning in a world often thought to be
how clergy feels about the Once a Year Crowd.
December 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 10am to 3pm.
St. Pauls Anglican Cathedral, Corner Flinders and Swanston
is invited to attend the first session, Thursday December 8 at 10.30am.
vision of kids and (stuffed) animals. Interviews available. Pictures
available to print media via email.
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