Engaging Christmas Carol Taboo Have a go at translating the good news into our language – no jargon allowed! In the game Taboo, you have to give clues to a word without using certain ‘taboo’ words. For example, you would try to give clues to the word ‘ring’ without saying phone, wedding, diamond, engagement, circle … More Philippians 4:4-7 God in My Language
Not a very Silent Night! – a Pop-Up Nativity
play suitable for school, all-age worship and Messy Church. It has a few, very simple props and uses the tune of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ to tell the story of God with us. … More Not a Very Silent Night! – a Pop-Up Nativity
This labyrinth is a Journey to Bethlehem with stops along the way, one for each day. The readings help us to walk with Mary on the journey of Advent, as we look for the coming of the babe who would change the world. … More Journey to Bethlehem – a Labyrinth for Advent
Of course it’s fun to wear dreadful jumpers to work, it’s lovely to sing carols by candlelight, it’s even OK to eat so many mince pies that your friends have to roll you home.
But just before we dive head-first in to the glitter-infused double cream (with a healthy dash of sherry for Gran), let’s take this opportunity to slow down, and use Advent to prepare for, rather than pre-empt Christ’s coming. … More Isaiah 64:1-9 – A ribbon-wrapped box containing nothing?
Christmas Day – What do you get when you cross a far eastern electronics factory with Google translate? No, it’s not a weird cracker joke, although it sounds like one. The answer is Chinglish. There is the famous sign in the dry-cleaner’s window that says, ‘Gentlemen must drop their trousers here’, for instance. The words are all correct but somehow the meaning has got mangled. … More John 1:1-14
Advent 4 – God knew, from before the start of time, that we would mess up. And God planned, from before the start of time, that Jesus would be the solution. He always had in mind to have divine Jesus be born as a human baby, live as a human child, suffer and die and rise again. This was not God panicking over what to do about sin. This always was Plan A. … More Micah 5:2-5a