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The Sleepy Shepherd

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Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York, will be in York Minster’s Lady Chapel from 10.30am on Saturday 17 December to give a reading from his children’s book, The Sleepy Shepherd.

The Lady Chapel will be adorned with Christmas trees decorated by local charities and organisations as part of York Minster’s second Christmas Tree Festival, giving the perfect festive backdrop to this special event.

The Sleepy Shepherd is an enchanting Christmas tale for children aged 5-7 that tells the story of Silas, who as a boy is so dozy that he completely misses the visit of the angels and the chance to greet the Christ-child in Bethlehem. But one crucial night, years later, he makes an important decision – to be a real shepherd to a man whose friends have all fallen asleep.

Archbishop Stephen said, “It is a great joy to invite children, parents and carers to come and listen to a Christmas story together.  I have always loved the act of sitting down with my children, and now my grandson, and have thoroughly enjoyed the wide-eyed extravagant wonder of a tall tale.”

There will also be the opportunity to buy a signed copy of the book in the York Minster Shop, priced £7.99.

This is a free non-ticketed event, spaces for the reading will operate on a first come first served basis. All are welcome.

Further Advent and Christmas resources for families are available on the Church of England’s website: www.churchofengland.org/Christmas

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