Essex church hides 1,000 baby Jesus rocks 'to bring joy'
A Baptist church has hidden 1,000 rocks painted with an image of the baby Jesus to "bring a little bit of joy" to their local community.
Earls Hall Baptist Church in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, wants finders to post a picture of them on social media.
The church's congregation has hidden them around local schools and the nearby Priory Park.
Katie Stanton from the church said: "Lots of care has been taken over each rock."
As well as the image of the baby Jesus the rocks, which are a couple of inches long, have the church's website address painted on the reverse.
Ms Stanton, the church's children and families worker, said "people of all ages" had painted the rocks and "everyone has done their own little take" on Jesus.
"I hope people will take them home and just think about Jesus at this time of year," she said.
"I hope they'll all be found and bring a little bit of joy this Christmas to everyone that finds one."
The church said it hoped people would use them as decorations and it would became an annual event.