A UNIQUE Nativity event offered 300 adults and children the chance to become part of the Christmas story themselves on Saturday.

More than 300 children and adults from across the Royal Borough took part in the Live Nativity at Windsor Methodist Church in Alma Road - a three hour, free event that set out to give real meaning to the story of Jesus' birth.

Visitors were met by an 'innkeeper' as they entered the church's Cornerstone Chapel, where the pale blue walls and straw covered floor provided a perfect setting for the manger.

People were invited to dress up as their favourite characters from the Nativity - angels, Mary, Joseph, shepherds or wise men - and to be part of the story.

Inside the main building 'messy church' craft activities organised by the Sunday School staff were taking place followed by a meal of freshly prepared soup, bread and butter, home baking and biscuits made by the children.

A Traidcraft stall featured international food products and handmade craft items.

Rounding off the experience, outside in the church car park visitors had the opportunity to stroke and feed animals which included a pair of gentle donkeys, several friendly sheep and goats, plus two inquisitive roosters.

One of the event organisers Sue Trout said: "We were thrilled that so many families from the local community turned out and joined in the fun. Everyone got involved and enjoyed taking part in the wonderful Christmas story. The day was a terrific success and we hope it may be possible to run it again next year.”

A Nativity Service will take place on Sunday at 10.30am, followed by Carols by Candlelight at 6.30pm. For the full list of Christmas services, please check the church website http://www.windsormethodist.church.