A selection of nativity scenes, some centuries old, will be on display at St Brendan’s Church, as the festive season kicks into gear.
Chair of the parish pastoral council Kathy Hunt said the church had been fortunate to secure the travelling private collection ‘Making a Scene At Christmas’.
‘‘The collection usually travels throughout Ballarat but this year they’re heading to Canberra for Christmas and stopping in Shepparton along the way,’’ she said.
The huge private collection features more than 400 nativity scenes and a hand-picked selection of around 50 will be on display at the Monsignor Peter Jeffrey Centre.
‘‘We’re encouraging everyone to bring their children along,’’ Ms Hunt said.
Ms Hunt said the scenes came from 80 countries around the world and guests would also get the unique opportunity to touch and smell frankincense and myrrh — gifts baby Jesus received from the three wise men.
‘‘They can also look at a coin minted at the time of Jesus’ birth and artworks depicting the annunciation and the flight into Egypt, and they can even encounter the Jewish heritage of Jesus,’’ she said.
Ms Hunt said the scenes were so important because they depicted what could be considered as the most important time in church history.
‘‘It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to share what we see as the joy and wonder of Christmas,’’ she said.
The scenes will be on display at the Monsignor Peter Jeffrey Centre, 121 Knight St, Shepparton from 3.30pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday. A gold entry is appreciated but not necessary.