These are WONDERFUL ideas - thank you! I LOVE the idea of the Advent Trail. You could have a different trail on each of the four Sundays in Advent and have it available for most of the week, so families could walk it at their convenience from Sunday-Thursday, then set up the next one on Friday and Saturday so it's ready on Sunday. Volunteers/Sunday School teachers can "man" the stations on Sundays, with trail signs/info cards available during the week. It's a great way to keep volunteers engaged while the building remains closed. Also makes it less weather dependent, if the weather is inclement on a Sunday. Many people hike/love the outdoors here in Maine so a trail concept will go over well. My one comment is that I wouldn't have multiple people touch the stones. We've just installed a labyrinth in our Memorial Garden, so I'd incorporate that into the trail (as long as it's not covered with snow!)
We're just beginning to re-imagine our Pageant; I like the idea of a photo-station. We're considering calling it "The Road to Bethlehem" - 2020 is a census year, too - and are thinking of creating a kind of socially distanced tableau which families will walk past. We hope to include a few live animals, but we'll see. We had discussed encouraging families to dress up as shepherds or angels or even townspeople as they journey to Bethlehem, too. It's likely we would present it on Saturday & Sunday, December 19th & 20th, for an hour each day. We plan to have our Music Director softly play hymns on his portable electronic keyboard in the background.
Thank you for all your good work.