Classic Christmas fable adapted for carol service with a twist

Bridge Community Church's production of 'Bob Knew Best'.

Bradley Stoke and Downend residents will be treated to Christmas carols with a difference this year, as members from Bridge Community Church adapt a classic Dickens story for a festive service open to all.

On Saturday 21st December in Bradley Stoke and Sunday 22nd December in Downend, local families are invited to the humorous, yet poignant play ‘Bob knew Best’ at Bradley Stoke Community School and Downend School. The story, based on ‘A Christmas Carol’, is a modern, Christian, interpretation of the ‘Scrooge’ story, where Bob, the central character, rails against God whenever he gets into sticky situations, yet fails to see God in his life until the very end.

Co-writer and Bridge Community Church member Matt Belsten from Kingswood said:

“We wrote ‘Bob knew Best’ because we wanted to demonstrate how we can find God in our everyday lives – sometimes in the ways we would least expect.”

“We hope our guests will be both entertained and moved by our play, which will also feature the traditional sing-a-long Christmas carols throughout.”

Bridge Community Church Leader Nick Todd, 42, from Bradley Stoke said:

“Christmas is such a special time. It provides a great opportunity to reflect on the remarkable story of the Birth of Jesus. Traditionally, this is done when we sing carols and read famous verses in the Bible, which recount the story, but this year, we wanted to do something a bit different. We have dramatized the essence of the Christmas story through the lens of our hapless character Bob, in our festive Christmas production, ‘Bob Knew Best’.

“Please do join us for a fun time of carols, entertainment, mulled wine and mince pies. It’s totally free, and promises to be well worth the trip!”

Bradley Stoke Community School Executive Head Teacher Dave Baker said:

“Please make the most of this opportunity to enter into the Christmas spirit by joining with the Community Church for a carol service celebration in the Community School.”

Downend School Head Teacher Mr Roberts said:

“Downend School is delighted to have formed a partnership with Bridge Community Church this year. Our community links are very important to us, and we are very pleased to welcome local residents to the first Bridge carol service to be held here at Downend School.”

The Carol service is at Bradley Stoke Community School on Saturday 21st December from 4pm to 5.30pm and repeated at Downend School on Sunday 22nd December from 4pm to 5.30pm.

Related link: Bradley Stoke Christmas church services [PDF]

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