Wakefield Cathedral is asking children for help in finding 12 lost sheep, which were last seen in some of the city’s shops, to bring them back in time for Christmas.
This week the Dean of Wakefield, the Very Rev Jonathan Greener and the Mayor of the city, Coun Sandra Pickin, have officially launched the hunt for the lost flock.
Youngsters are being invited to pick up a map of the trail from the cathedral or its coffee shop and help find the knitted sheep.
Once they have found the sheep, they need to write down their names post them in the cathedral prize draw box for the chance to win.
Coun Pickin, said: “I think it’s such a great thing for children to get involved in the run up to Christmas.
“I’m sure they will have lots of fun.”
“It’s really nice because it involves the traders and will bring people into the shops.”
Shops signed up include Waterstones, Mocha Moocha, the Wakefield Visitor Centre, CAM music and Created in Yorkshire.
The nativity sheep trail, which starts on Saturday,is part of the Messy Cathedral initiative to make church experience fun for all the family.
There will be a free Messy Church event in the cathedral on Monday, December 22 when all the lost sheep will be returned.
The event will include craft activities, a soup lunch and worship and is open to all families from 10am to noon.
Community missioner, Heidi Smith, said: “We wanted to help families make a little space to think about the real meaning of Christmas in the busyness of everything and to have some fun.
“We are looking forward to welcoming people to Messy Cathedral and the other services and events in the Cathedral.”