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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.

Journeying to Bethlehem

Today, on the Second Sunday of Advent, at the 10.30am Celebrate! service, we travelled a little closer to Bethlehem on our Advent journey.

But who will show us the way?

Mary, Joseph and the donkey are travelling too. They will show us the way.

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Mary and Joseph have a secret. An angel came to them and said, ‘Do not be afraid. Be joyful. You will have God’s special Son. You will name him Jesus.’

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Mary must have been so tired travelling to Bethlehem. Sometimes she walked and when she got tired she rode on the donkey. And when she could no longer ride she walked very slowly along the road. They must have been the last people coming up the road to Bethlehem on that first Christmas Eve.

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

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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)

The Bible according to the Little Fishes

This Friday the Little Fishes had another story about praising God. As the Little Fishes were gathering we tried to remember last week’s story about Zechariah and how he praised God for the birth of Baby John. It’s hard when we are all getting terribly excited about Christmas.

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One Little Fish decided that the answer to every question was ‘Mary’. Eventually he would have been right except he decided to answer the last question with, ‘I don’t know’. So we sung some praise songs with the Jingle Bells instead.

Then it was time for today’s story. One Brave Little Fish volunteered to dress up as Mary. He looked very sweet although his ‘scared’ face at the arrival of the angel Gabriel would have been enough to frighten the bravest archangel back up to the heavens.

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It was time for a change of personnel as another Little Fish took on the lead role as we talked about how Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth and sung a song of praise to God.

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We talked about our roles in our different play groups nativity plays and discovered that we had the angel Gabriel, a king, a shepherd, a donkey and even a crocodile in our midst.

Time for some colouring.

Time for some colouring.

One of the Little Fishes had turned three since we last saw her so we rounded off our time together by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and eating special cakes. Then it was time to play!

Little Fishes is our ‘mums and tots’ group which meets every Friday in church from 2pm. There is no charge and all babies, toddlers and pre-school children are very welcome to come along with their carers.

Join us next week as we hear about the Christmas angels.

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