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Stable 2015 Artist Applications close October 9!

Stable on the Strand is looking for performers to share the Christian message of Christmas.

We are excited about giving local and regional performers the opportunity to perform and showcase their talent – performers such as […]


Imagine a 2-3 minute story.

Imagine Joseph in the Town of Bethlehem letting people know his mate Joseph wasn’t at work today as he had just had a baby. Have you heard the story about baby […]

2015 Fundraising Update

Help us reach our fundraising target of $200,000 for Stable on the Strand 2015.

Amount raised to 11 Sep 2015 = $92,499

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Thank You!

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Storytime with Josh

Like a sneak peek at some Bible stories? … Here’s a story from Josh Bartlett.

Josh will be leading the Stable on the Stand Bible Storytelling workshops in September … how blessed […]

Stable on the Strand Bible Storytelling Workshops

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How to share the Christmas Story using Storytelling

The workshops will be presented by Wycliffe Bible Translators.

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Stable on the Strand

18 – 22 December, 2015

5:30pm to 9:30pm

Strand Park, The Strand, Townsville



Townsville City Council

Stable on the Strand 2015

For five days before Christmas, Townsville’s major ocean-front area, Strand Park, is transformed into the historic town of Bethlehem.
Here you can interact with Roman soldiers, traditional craftspeople, livestock, shepherds and sheep, wise men and their camels and, of course, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

Stable on the Strand Features

  • Town of Bethlehem
  • Stable Village Stage
  • Youth Program
  • Festival Program
  • Hospitality Areas featuring free fair trade tea & coffee, cold water, and a slice of Christmas cake.

Stable Village Stage

The Stable Village Stage features wonderful Christmas entertainment.

Many and varied local & guest artists thrill audiences using a variety of media – singing, acting, storytelling and mime.

There are lots of kids’ activities to keep children busy – face painting, games, dressups, carpentry, weaving, pottery and dancing.

Town of Bethlehem

The Town of Bethlehem features the Nativity and Bethlehem scenes, all performed with live actors.

Interactive activities include:

  • The Town Square
  • Nativity Scene
  • Shepherds’ Walk
  • Caleb’s Carpentry
  • Roman Soldiers
  • Prayer Wall
  • Pastor’s Blessing
  • Marketplace
  • Bread of Life Bakery
  • Animals
  • Puppets
  • Fishing
  • Pottery
  • Photo Frame
  • Tie Dyeing

The Birth of Jesus

Luke Chapter 2

About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

There were shepherds camping in the neighbourhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Saviour has just been born in David’s town, a Saviour who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the shepherds talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the shepherds were impressed.

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The shepherds returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

Stable 2015 Sponsors


Combined Churches          Townsville City Council


Calvary Christian College          Mater Hospital


Advantage-Signs  ACC-252x100  CPSA01  Ede Events

Salvation Army Townsville Recovery Centre  YWAM-TSV02


Live FM  SCA01

SILVER SPONSORS    Catholic Education Office    DakTech    PakMag    Regional Certification Group

BRONZE SPONSORS    7 Natural Physicians    BM Webb    DPM Water    Jessups    Livingstone Automotive    Scripture Union QLD    The Cathedral School    William Talbot Ophthalmologist