At the annual general meeting of the krippenfreunde herzogenaurach this year's agenda included a review of the past year and revised rules of procedure. The chairman hans schmitt reported in the chaplaincy that the association currently has 124 members and has been supported in its work with numerous donations.
The exhibition of nativity scenes in the crypt of the st. Mary's chapel and the specialist clinic in herzogenaurach attracted a large number of visitors, not to mention kindergarten and school classes. Almost 300 children were introduced to the variety of nativity scenes in special tours of the exhibition. The exhibition in the specialist clinic in particular extends the radius of interested parties beyond herzogenaurach and the district, schmitt noted.
150 hours alone were spent by 20 helpers in setting up the church crib. The association's crib building courses were also well attended, as the crib builders reported. At the beginning of 2018, the adult course was attended by six participants. The course participants were supported by the crib builders karin andree, werner heilmann, joachim grumann and hans schmitt. At times wolfram walter was part of the team. As in every year they were shown in the crib exhibition in the crypt of the marien chapel.
Children contribute their ideas
The children's crib building course took place from october to november with six children (two girls and four boys) aged between 10 and 14 years old. They also contributed their ideas to the design of the cribs. Beautiful results were achieved, which could also be admired in the exhibition in the crypt. Also the coming courses are already occupied.
During his visit to france, especially to hannberg, bishop john baptist kaggwa from uganda also paid a visit to the herzogenaurach crib friends. In order to be able to show him as wide a spectrum as possible, numerous examples were brought to haundorf by the members, in order to be able to show him the different styles of nativity scenes in germany.
Last year the friends of the nativity scene had to clear their workshop in haundorf at short notice, as repair work had to be carried out on the heating system and the electrical installation. For example, LED lights were installed. Fortunately, the workshop could be occupied again shortly before the start of the crib building course. The members put in many hours of work.
This year the regional meeting of the crib makers will take place in garmisch, according to the chairman it is planned to participate in it.