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Meet Joseph, a young unmarried man who lives and works in Nazareth, Galilee. As the story unfolds he begins to understand how he, an ordinary carpenter, will play his part in saving the world. Joseph is in a relationship with Mary.
Mary, a young girl brought up in an ordinary household. She is preparing for her future with the young and handsome Joseph. Still living with her parents, every relationship Mary knows is about to change.
The Wise men embark on a journey following a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event. Their journey takes them to towns, palaces and a stable as they encounter danger, deceit and surprise. Their camels are packed with all sorts of Eastern wonders and valuable gifts.
A 0-AD Bethlehem shepherd is considered to be an outcast in society. Living in caves on the hills of the town, they work from dawn til dusk protecting and keeping their flock.
Liz is Mary's older cousin. Through shared experiences they find support and comfort in each other through challenging times.
Bethlehem's busy! A census has been decreed by the Emperor Augustus and those that call Bethlehem home return to respond. Guest houses and inns fill up and this manager is set for a busy few weeks.
He's the most powerful character wrapped up in this story until he hears of a threat to topple his authority. Jealousy seethes through his veins and his actions jeopardise the fate of things to come.
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Follow this year's Natwivity on your phone (requires Twitter account). Here's how...
1. Text "START" to your country's code
2. Follow the instructions in the text you receive
3. Text "FOLLOW NATWIVITY" to your country's code
4. You can stop following: Text "OFF NATWIVITY"
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Welcome to the Natwivity. From 1st December you can follow Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, Wisemen and others on Facebook and Twitter as the Christmas story unfolds. Get involved! Tell your friends and followers about The Natwivity. Enjoy and Happy Christmas!!
The Natwivity takes advantage of social media's unparalleled capacity to engage people as they go about their everyday life to re-tell the Christmas story in a fresh, personal way. People will be able to pick up the 'tweets' in their homes, in the high street using their phones and at work.
The Natwivity will give this famous story an immediate, real-life feel, transforming them from people 2,000 years ago to friends of the follower, who are going through the drama now. Followers will be able to read Mary's angst as she tries to come to terms with the birth of her child, and hear from the stunned shepherds after their encounter with a host of angels.
Each 140-character entry will be a thought or comment from Mary, Joseph, Wise men and Shepherds, with further entries from Herod, an Inn Keeper (and his wife) and friends of Mary and Joseph.
The Natwivity is a Share Creative project in association with the Evangelical Alliance and is part of BibleFresh. Created by Huw Tyler & Ali Johnson, written by Katherine Maxwell Cook and Paul Kerensa, press by Lizzy Millar and website by Andy Hoyland.
"Story-telling has been a major part of Christian tradition for centuries & I'm thrilled to see social media being used in this way."
The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham