Exciting News! My new book, with top publishers DLT (Darton, Longman & Todd – anyone else old enough to think of Dave Lee Travis? No. Just me then) has a publication date of 27th Jan and … (dum dum duuum!) they’ve given me a discount code! Watch this space for news of how to get … More New Book! + Advent 3: Matt 11, Isa 35, Ps 146
Gentle Reader, Please forgive a slight departure from today’s lectionary texts, but this post from fellow ACW member Steve Dawson smacked me round the chops like a damp haddock, and I felt it right to repost her, in its entirety. You’ll find plenty of Advent links below and your liturgy resources at the the bottom. … More Advent 2 & Lullaby
Ultimate Festive Fun, and no worry about setting light to someone’s hair or what to do with the left-over oranges afterwards! Make these fabulous edible Christingles as a fun family craft and talk about Jesus, the Light of the World. I suggest that you have make the CakeTingles first, then have a short talk (suggested … More CakeTingles!! + Advent Resources
My apologies for an extra post this week, but I did not want you, my lovely subscribers, to miss out on the freebie. In celebration of the launch of not one, not two, but THREE new Nativity Script Books, I’m giving away free (optionally signed) copies. To enter, simply tell someone else about The Reflectionary … More Free Books!
Here are two simple, child-friendly liturgies for making Christingles and for lighting Advent candles. You can use them for all-age worship, for school events, for Messy Church or for regular services. Obviously, the Chocolate Orange Christingle also works with regular oranges. The Advent prayers (below) can be used one each week, or all at once … More Simple Liturgies for Advent – Christingle / Advent Candle Prayers
One part of our understanding of God (that is sometimes neglected) is that we recognise the Lord as Mother too. Isaiah pointed to this: “I will comfort you… as a mother comforts her child.” (Isaiah 66) … More Thanks, Mum – Look, See, Pray
In case you have not seen them in, here is a reissue of some of my most popular Advent resources. Some have been very slightly updated, with the links here being to most recent, but the original posts having all the helpful make-along photos and videos to help you. Also, check out all my Advent … More Advent Makeables and Meditations
I told myself I wasn’t going to write a Nativity this year – too much other stuff going on. And if this was going to be a book, it needed to be out about two months ago. But the muses struck and the idea formed, so here it is, the Nativity I promised myself I … More Christmas Gone Worng + MP3!
This is the third and final round up of Advent devotionals, this time focussing lovely books just for you. The book suggestions come from a post on The Hope Filled Family by my friend and fellow ACW (Association of Christian Writers) member, Lucy Rycroft. She goes into much more detail than I have space for … More Advent Devotionals – 3 – Personal
This fab interactive Christingle is great for a school assembly, all-age worship or Messy Church. Follow the clues to build up the Christingle bit by bit and find out what each part means. As the elements are found and brought up, you can assemble larger versions on a giant Christingle at the front or a … More Christingle Treasure Hunt