St Michael’s Nelson Bay Christmas Pageant FEATURED Nelson Bay (Tomaree Peninsula areas) Port Stephens News by News Of The Area - Modern Media - December 19, 2017 The Pageant Cast. Photo by Marian Sampson. THE children, parents, community and staff of St Michaels at Nelson Bay celebrated the story of Christmas together with Father Brian Mascord, Bishop Elect and the past priest of the parish here in the Bay. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or [email protected] Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE The performance was delivered tying the modern materialism of Christmas to the biblical story of Joseph and Mary and God’s gift to the world of Jesus Christ. Father Brian told News Of The Area, “It has been five years since I left this parish and it was hard to leave this community, I wish the community of Port Stephens a happy, holy and celebratory Christmas.” He believes that like the story in the children’s performance of the story, we should look beyond the Christmas gifts and look at the gift of spending time together that Christmas give us all. Helen Bourne the Schools’ Principal told News Of The Area, “Coming together today with the school community was an amazing way to celebrate the season, looking at more than the gifts we give and receive.” She believes that in celebrating the Christmas story in this way children can see why the giving of gifts has become important. The students and staff have been working on a few projects where they are giving to others, which she said, “Is something we just do, and we encourage the children to be proud of giving to people that are less fortunate. By Marian Sampson Father Brian Mascord Bishop Elect, with Mary (Piper Doro) and Joseph (Ashton Kime). Photo by Marian Sampson.