Help us to name Mary’s donkey

The happy team creating the Posada figures

Children at St John’s School in Longsight are hard at work on Monday afternoons this month making figures of Mary, Joseph and the donkey for our #Posada this year. We are so grateful for the time and effort they are taking and for Mrs Juliet Francis their headteacher in planning this.

As usual the figures will be going around our community visiting lots of places and encouraging conversation, prayer and helping make connections with one another. It’s a great tradition at St C’s and a great means of outreach.

But wait! We’ve mentioned Mary and Joseph – but what is the donkey’s name? Three names have been chosen now we invite you to vote for your choice. The three names have been chosen from the names of women who travel in the Bible.

Read about the women and then cast your vote:

JochebedExodus 2:4, 15:20-21: Jochebed is the mother of Moses, Aaron and Miriam in the Hebrew Bible. In the face of tyranny she hides Moses in plants by the waters of the River Nile. She protects her son and looks after him as best she can. She is praised for her faith in God, and for her care for children.

PriscillaRomans 16:3-5, Acts 18:1-4, Acts 18:18-21, Acts 18:24-28:  Priscilla and her husband, Aquila appear in Acts, when they were in exile in Corinth because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome.  Priscilla and Aquila welcomed Paul into their home and then travelled with him to Syria by boat, where they both ministered alongside Paul.  Priscilla shows up again in Acts, this time she is in Ephesus in the synagogue, explaining the way of God to Apollos.  Her faith in Christ took her on many journeys.

RuthRuth 1:16: Following the deaths of her husband, and sons, Naomi decided to return to her home and urged her daughter in law to return to their mothers.  However Ruth said “Where you go I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God”.  Ruth’s faithfulness and loyalty to Naomi took her travelling to Bethlehem, rather than the comfort and safety of her own family.

THANK YOU to all who voted for Mary’s Donkey’s name.

Because of an equal vote in the leaders – Ruth and Priscilla – we had to extend our poll until 18.00GMT on 2nd December to receive some deciding votes. Now we can announce the winning name – Mary’s Donkey in this year’s Posada is called PRISCILLA!


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