Roman Rule

Soon after they were married, Joseph and Mary were in the busy market place in Nazareth. Suddenly a chariot driven by a Roman soldier came clattering through the streets. 

“I bring a message from your emperor!” the driver told the villagers. “Caesar demands to know how many people live in his royal kingdom. So all of you must return to the city of your birth to be counted on to register as taxpayers. From this day forward, you will all pay taxes to Caesar Augustus. This is the emperor’s royal decree!” 

For Mary and Joseph this was startling news for Joseph was descended from the family of David, the great king of Israel, and since Joseph had been born in the city of Bethlehem, where David had been born, the emperor’s decree meant that they would have to travel to Bethlehem at once. Mary and Joseph went home to prepare for the long journey.


Add Mary and Joseph and their donkey to your model Nazareth, using whatever play figures come to hand. Mary and Joseph have promised to get married and be together whatever happens.


Step One

Download and print off the attached Advent Nativity Trail Check Sheet.

Step Two

Explore the village and check off each frame as you see them.

Step Three

Scan the QR code on each frame to read about the Christmas Story at each stop!


our upcoming Advent events

Sunday 10th December
Cafe Church at 10:30am

Saturday 16th December
"Carols for All" led by Stithians Ladies Choir at 7:30pm

Sunday 17th December
Morning Worship at 10:30am

Sunday 24th December
Christmas Eve Nativity at 4:00pm

Monday 25th December
Christmas Day Service at 10:00am

All are welcome!

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