Small and mighty sheep trail in Spalding

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There’s a flock of sheep that need to be safely gathered in so they can perform their star turn at a nativity service in Spalding.

The woolly creatures are all part of a sheep trail being launched on November 28.

On the night the town’s Christmas lights are switched on, St Mary & St Nicolas Church is launching its Small & Mighty Sheep Trail, with members of the public hunting down the flock of woolly creatures hidden in 15 town centre shops.

Mary Bennett, wife of Spalding vicar the Rev John Bennett, says: “They’re not in windows but in the shops so people have to go inside.”

The trail is a build up to the Small and Mighty Wonder Nativity taking place at the Almost Christmas service on Christmas Eve (4pm) – when the sheep will play their part in telling the Christmas story. Gifts donated by the majority of the shops taking part in the sheep trail will be handed over in a draw at the end of the service, but winners have to be present at the service to receive them.

There is also a chance for children and adults to get creative when it comes to preparing for Christmas Eve. On Saturday, December 6 (10am to 4pm), there is an activity day in the church that is open to everyone and will involve using empty plastic laundry bottles to create more sheep!

Mary said the sheep trail is a way for the church to relate to the town and do something of mutual benefit.

She said: “We want to encourage the businesses in the town because if they prosper that helps all of us and it also encourages people to celebrate Christmas in terms of remembering it’s all about the birth of Jesus, and not just miss that important bit.”

Pick up a sheep trail entry form in any of the participating shops on November 28 and it will have a list of the shops taking part. All you have to do then is write each sheep’s name against the shop on the form before returning the form to the church.