Hunslet Gathering’s Wandering Nativity – donkeys included!

On Sunday (18 December 2022) two donkeys will journey through the streets of Hunslet as part of Christmas Celebration with a difference and you have chance to be part of it!

The event has been arranged by Hunslet Gathering – a new Anglican church in Hunslet. Throughout the journey we will retell the Nativity story of Jesus being born in a stable in Bethlehem.

The Parade will begin on Church Street at 2pm next to St Mary’s Spire, travel between the Hemingway flats, through the common/green space then stopping at the shop on Pepper Lane. The return leg meanders through Rocheford Close, Balmoral Chase and Belinda Street with a stop off at Assisi Place. The celebration concludes with hot drinks and refreshments at Involve Centre (next to Hunslet Community Hub & Library) between 3-4pm.

Each stop will include a Bible reading relating to the Christmas story retold by an all-star cast of local children and adults. Music will also be played throughout the walks between the stops. We invite anyone joining the parade to dress in Nativity costumes (optional) and bring a light or lantern.

This is the third donkey event we have hosted following the 2021 Wandering Nativity and the Palm Sunday Parade this Spring. Both events were great fun! It has been wonderful to share the true meaning of Christmas and Easter on the streets of this amazing community. A particular highlight was the stops at Asissi Place residential home where the donkeys were a big hit! Thanks to everyone else who joined in and made these events possible.

We would love you and your loved ones to be part of the fun this Christmastime by either joining in all or part of the journey or meeting us at one (or more) of the stops!

There will also be opportunities to stroke and feed the donkeys.

Further details on the event including the route can be found on the Hunslet Gathering Facebook page – Alternatively contact Ben Hutchinson on 07419 366 058.

The Hunslet Gathering is an emerging Anglican Church seeking new ways to serve Hunslet and share the good news of Jesus. New members are welcome anytime whatever age, background or church/faith experience. Our current activities include:

  • A monthly service on the third Sunday of the month 3:30-5pm at Involve Centre (Whitfield Avenue) including a free meal.
  • Outreach in the community each Thursday morning.
  • Various online services, prayer meetings and bible study groups.
  • A termly Messy Church event for children and families to enjoy arts & crafts, Bible stories and a meal.


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