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Christmas Carols

There are two opportunities to sing Christmas carols in the Benefice on Sunday, 22nd December. Firstly, in the morning at St Peter’s Church, Woodmancote at 11am and then in the evening at St Peter’s Church, Henfield at 6.30pm. Everyone is very welcome.

The Bible according to the Little Fishes

The Little Fishes gathered for their last get together before Christmas. They were soooo excited. Apparently, Father Christmas will be bringing them some presents in just a few sleeps.

But why do we get presents at Christmas? The Little Fishes struggled with this answer. They just knew they were going to get some so we got a jigsaw puzzle out to help us find the answer.

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Eventually we found all the right pieces and made a picture of the Christmas stable.

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But someone was missing!

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One of the Little Fishes found the Baby Jesus and we learned that he was God’s gift to us and that he came to earth to be our friend and Saviour…and that is why we have presents at Christmas.

Another Little Fish spotted the three kings carrying their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Another reason for presents at Christmas. There was only one thing for it but to get the jingle bells out and sing.

Colouring, party food and play followed.

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The Little Fishes would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas.

We are going to take our Christmas break now and our next meeting will be on 10th January when all babies, toddlers and pre-school children are very welcome to come along with their carers at 2pm in St Peter’s church.

Journeying to Bethlehem

Today was the Third Sunday in Advent so at Celebrate! Xplore we reminded ourselves that this was the time of the colour purple…the colour of getting ready…the colour of saying sorry…the colour of waiting. We prepared ourselves just a little more to celebrate the mystery of Christmas as we travelled a slightly further along the road to Bethlehem.

But who will show us the way?

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The shepherds, and their sheep, are on their way to Bethlehem. They can show us the way.

They have good news too. An angel came to them and said, ‘Do not be afraid. Be joyful. Peace on earth and good will to everyone. A Child is born. Go…Hurry…Run to Bethlehem. Something has happened there that changes everything.’

Our shepherd's crook crafted from brown paper

So stop…watch…pay attention…something incredible is going to happen in Bethlehem

Join us next Sunday, 15th December, at 10.30am for Celebrate!, our family friendly service, as we take our next steps on the journey to Bethlehem.

(With thanks to ‘Young Children and Worship’ by Sonja M Stewart and Jerome W Berryman on which our journey is based)

Henfield Nativity Festival

Our first village Nativity Festival at St. Peter’s Church has exceeded all expectations, with nearly 40 beautiful exhibits from the local school, churches, youth organisations and members of the community.

It is exciting to see the creative imagination that people have brought into play. Entrants have used an extraordinary range of conventional modelling materials and more unusual “objets trouvés” to give physical form to their vision; the results are without exception visually arresting, and in some cases they are deeply thought-provoking.

Who would have imagined Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus consigned to the lift cubicle in a modern hotel chain? Or Gabriel coming down in a flying saucer to announce the Good News? And we could not have anticipated the exquisite workmanship that some of the contributors would lavish on their tableaux. But the equally exuberant class projects from our village primary school sit comfortably alongside the work of these experienced craftspeople.

One or two of the most valuable items were only on show for the launch day, but there is still time to see the bulk of the exhibition. It is well worth a visit.

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