Can you find these lost sheep around Diss?

Some of the 'lost sheep' that will be hidden around Diss. Picture: Wendy Evans

Some of the 'lost sheep' that will be hidden around Diss. Picture: Wendy Evans - Credit: Archant

It is a part of Christmas that many children enjoy performing in and parents love watching.

But a church in Diss has decided to celebrate the Christmas Nativity a different way this year as it invites youngsters to go on the hunt around the town.

St Mary's Church has placed a number of small, knitted sheep around the town for children and families to seek out.

The story is that shepherds Joshua and Anna have lost their sheep and they need to be returned before Christmas.

The sheep will be placed in shops around the town centre. Stores will display a poster letting children know that some lost sheep have been found in the store but the staff do not know what to do with them. If the children say they know where to take the sheep they will receive one.

Rev Wendy Evans said: 'The story of Joshua and Anna's lost sheep has caught the imagination of the people of Diss and it's been a delight to see the faces of both the shop staff and the children's parent light up as they find a lost sheep.'

The children, and their families, are then invited to bring the sheep to St Mary's Church on Christmas Eve where they will be returned to the shepherds and the children will get to hear the story of Christmas.

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Rev Evans added: 'If you think you can please remember to bring them back to Joshua and Anna at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 5pm in St Mary's Church, Diss or the Family Service on Christmas Day at 10.30am.'