Epiphany is out of the way, and Christmas but a distant memory. Now we settle down to the rest of the year. What a great time for a Nooz Tart. ‘What is a Nooz?’, I hear you ask? I think it’s like a giant purple glow-in-the-dark bananana, but with bigger stripes. I expect they’ll have some … More How to Make a Nooz Tart
This is the second part of a reflection on Epiphany. Check out last week’s post for a meditation about gifts. This part thinks about who may come. Reflecting Three Wise Men? Three Kings? Magi? Every year there is confusion at the nativity play: were they kings or wise men? And what are Magi, anyway*? The … More Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 – Epiphany
This is a partial re-post from last year’s popular Epiphany gift boxes. The rest will come next week, but I thought this would make a good ‘time out of the flurry’ just before Christmas. I know that I need to step back sometimes and get some space to think about the ‘why’ as well as … More Useless Gifts
Oh, OK then. You twisted my arm. Here’s a fun little extra for your Christmas enjoyment. Christmas Carol Bingo sheets – use them at home or at a party, for a give-away after a crib service (or even during a crib service!) or for family fun when you are so stuffed with turkey that you … More Christmas Carol Bingo
OK, one final extra resource, in case of last-minute panics. This script was written for the yoof group at my church, and can be performed with puppets (so you don’t need to learn lines) or by people. Don Key, a chat-show host, interviews Wally Jumper, a shepherd, Dr Wiseman and Mary, (plus their animals) but … More Hope Is Coming
Not a promising sort of day. Cloudy, showery, and cool. Then the light broke through. Dark clouds ripped apart, silver swathe across the sea horizon, and our boat trip suddenly became much more enticing! That’s the thing about Light. It has immense power to overcome darkness. It is the light and energy of the Sun … More Love Breaks Through- Look, See, Pray
Round-Up of Resources Here’s a picture of last week’s post, Christingle Bingle, in action, and click [this link] to see a video of the final moment. Such fun! (Seriously, click the link, and make sure the sound is up!) Thank you to Casey Cross for the pictures and video. Casey says, “Thank you for … More Resources Round-Up and Something Interesting!
Festive fun, and the reason for the season.
Printable bingo cards and a talk using the Christingle to give a gentle gospel message. … More Christingle Bingle!
Panicking about the Crib Service? Got nothing for your All-Age? Mind gone blank for Collective Worship? Stress thou not! Here is a festive round up of resources from The Reflectionary and beyond. Whatever you need – from an instant Pop-Up Nativity or games for your Yoof Xmas Bash, to puppet scripts or a Christingle with … More Christmas Resources Round Up
In response to a reader request, here’s a nifty little song you could use for a Toy Service, Collective Worship or All Age. It is great for pre-Christmas, for Christmas day itself or for Epiphany. The focus is ‘every good and perfect gift is from above’ (Jas 1:7) and it’s a great reminder of where … More The Twelve Toys of Christmas