St. John the Baptist School ties service to the season


Students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School combined the prophets of the Old Testament with the Christmas folk carol “The Friendly Beasts” at their Advent service Friday as part of a seven-day Advent celebration focused on serving. Students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School combined the prophets of the Old Testament with the Christmas folk carol “The Friendly Beasts” at their Advent service Friday as part of a seven-day Advent celebration focused on serving. PLYMOUTH – Advent season at St. John the Baptist Catholic School focused on building the nativity scene.

The week and a half of activities leading up to Christmas vacation was focused on shining a light on each part of the nativity, according to SJB Principal Amy Nelson.

“Part of our mission at St. John the Baptist is service to others,” Nelson explained. “This is really helping a lot of kids realize what that means, focusing on what they can give to others.”

Adding Mary, Joseph, the angel, the wise men, the shepherds, the star and finally the baby Jesus day by day, students in the school also took part in various service projects.

Those were as simple as making Christmas cards for area churches and craft angels for the homebound to efforts reaching as far Milwaukee, Africa and the world.

For instance, the day the wise men were added to the nativity scene, students were asked to donate a pair of shoes – worn but in good condition – to be delivered to Soles4Jesus for shipment to Africa.

When the star was added, classes powered down in keeping with the call from Pope Francis to conserve and preserve resources.

When the baby Jesus was added, students donated personal hygiene items and small toys for Project Shoe Box. The donated items fill shoe boxes for newly-placed foster children in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin.

The highlight of the seven-day program was Friday’s Advent service.

As the shepherd was added to the manger scene, students donated canned goods for the Plymouth Food Pantry.

The service itself was centered around the traditional folk carol “The Friendly Beasts.”

In this telling, students portrayed the various animals in the different lyrics but with added characters for each verse – Old Testament prophets foretelling of the coming of the savior.



Review story and photos byEmmitt B. Feldner Review story and photos byEmmitt B. Feldner

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