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Ready for Christmas!   Leave a comment

submitted by: Beth

I very happily danced around a little and repeated "I am SOOO ready for Christmas!"  I took a yellow balloon from my bag and tied it to the altar rail and repeated, "I am so READY for Christmas!"  I repeated this until the kids told me my balloon was the wrong color.
Then I took a pink party hat (with glitter and streamers) from my bag and put it on my head.  And I repeated my statement until they told me my hat was wrong.  One little boy scoffed and said I looked ridiculous in that birthday hat.  So I played that up!  Then I reached behind the lecturn and took out the cake and asked Everyone to join in singing the "best Christmas song ever."

I had set up with the organist before hand to play "Happy Birthday"

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Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in Advent, Christmas

Socks for Christmas   Leave a comment

I wonder what Christmas presents you are hoping to receive…

Will you be hanging up a stocking on Christmas Eve..?

Maybe you’ll get some new socks!

They will help us remember the Christmas Story…

  • Wooly socks…  the shepherds… (While humble shepherds washed their socks!)
  • baby socks…  little sock reminds us Jesus came into the world as a baby
  • Sock with a hole – holy socks – remind of the angels singing
  • Smelly sock – reminds us of the cave/ stable where Jesus was born
  • last sock – time to “put a sock in it”…  not that the shepherds were able to do that…  they and many others have wanted to go on telling everyone the good news of Christmas

Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in Christmas

Christmas News   Leave a comment

The following fun way of telling the familiar story could follow conversation about current affairs, making the transition to the good news of the gospel. Try to obtain copies of as many newspapers as you can to display at the appropriate points to illustrate the talk – you may need to adapt as required by local availability. The words following in bold all feature in international titles. (www.onlinenewspapers.com may prove helpful)

Christmas News

This is a Good News story. In Times long ago, a girl called Mary heard a Voice from an angel. This wasn’t a Guardian angel; this was a Herald angel, with a message that Mary would be the mother of God’s son (Sun). Mary was engaged to Joseph, and he wasn’t too sure about this news. What would people be saying? Stories about him would be Echo-in round the neighbourhood. It would be in the local Chronicle. But he also heard a Voice – and the angel told him not to be afraid and to marry Mary.

Caesar Augustus was Emperor (and Tribune of the people). He ordered that all the Citizen-s should return to their own home town to be counted – so that a Record could be kept. This was before there was any Mail service. It couldn’t be done by Post – no Express way, so Mary and Joseph had to make the long journey to the place where Joseph had been born.

When they reached Bethlehem there was no room (They checked through the Bethlehem Advertiser!) They didn’t want anything much, just a Standard room – but there was nothing. One innkeeper offered a cave – it would have to do. It was here that Mary gave birth to her son (Sun). They were all alone – quite Independent.

Meanwhile some shepherds were Spectator-s to a strange sight – an angel – a Messenger from God. Said, "I bring you good News – a saviour has been born, he is Christ the Lord. You’ll find him lying in a manger, wrapped in cloth." Many angels appeared, praising God. And when they had left, the Shepherds said, “Let’s go!”, and they went and they found Mary and Joseph and the baby.

There were some wise men, some Observers from the East who had seen something unusual in the sky. Was it a Comet? Was it Mercury? No, it was a special Star. They knew this meant the arrival of a great and wonderful king. They went to see King Herod, he was the Leader, and he wasn’t happy that another King had been born. He said to them, “When you find this king, return this way and tell me so that I too can go and worship him”. The wise men followed the star until they reached the place where Jesus was. They were Couriers of gifts, and gave to Jesus – gold, frankincense and myrrh. In a dream, God warned them not to Mirror their journey, so they took a different route home and didn’t go back to tell Herod.

The News of that Story from Bible Times is not just a Supplement, but Good News for all the world (le Monde), for all people Today.

"This resource written by Donald McCorkindale was published in The Expository Times, Volume 117, Issue No. 2 November 2005 by Sage Publications Ltd. All rights reserved. (c) Sage Publications" www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=106688

Posted October 25, 2010 by dgbmcc in Christmas

Christingle   Leave a comment

Christingle is an inspiring celebration that is held during December or January each year, predominately in churches. During the celebration everyone receives a Christingle which is made of an orange, a candle, a red ribbon and sweets on cocktail sticks, each part acting as a symbol of the Christian faith….  find out more from the Children’s Society web:

http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what_you_can_do/fundraising_appeals/christingle/1369.html

Posted September 15, 2010 by dgbmcc in Advent, Christmas

Candy Cane   Leave a comment

required: Card with the word “Esus”

Boys and girls – some of you will be hoping to have lots of sweets on Christmas Day… do you think there might be one of these in your stocking (Candy/ Rock Cane).
How can this remind us about Christmas?
1> Shepherds Staff…
2> Made of Rock… sure foundation
3> Reminds us of Jesus (hold up card)
is something wrong… the J is missing?… place upturned candy cane to make J
4> (If you have a red and white stripped candy cane – you could mention strips of cloth, and the blood… reminding us that Jesus was born to die for us)

Posted September 6, 2010 by dgbmcc in Christmas

The Manger   Leave a comment

submitted: Gary Utz

I talked with the children about the manger scene.
First I asked them why they thought each figure, and item, was there.
Then I asked them why we had this in the church. After all, a
barn/stable really ISN’T holy, it smells, and is messy. And the
animals are noisy, and messy too. The kings are OK, but the shepherds
really aren’t dressed for church. So, WHY do we have it in the
church?

Answer: To remind us that Jesus was born into the middle of everyday
life. And that should remind all of us that Jesus(our faith) isn’t
just for church on Sunday mornings, we are supposed to take it out,
into the world,  into wherever people are, and whatever people are
doing.

Posted September 6, 2010 by dgbmcc in Christmas

Christmas Things   Leave a comment

required: Christmas decorations

What things do we have on the tree?
Baubles… to remind us of God’s love for the world.  (I have a bauble which is decorated as a globe!)
Lights… to remind us that Jesus is the light of the world
Star… to remind us of the guidance given to the magi
Evergreen tree… everlasting life in Christ… Fir tree pointing to heaven (St Boniface Legend)

Posted August 21, 2010 by dgbmcc in Advent, Christmas

Sweet Christmas   Leave a comment

An updated version: from Bryan Kerr.

A Sweet Nativity

A girl called Mary heard a WISPA, from an angel who said that she would be the Mother of God’s son. But how could this be? She was not yet married to Joseph. To have a baby now would be a TOPIC of conversation in the village. Joseph also heard of God’s plan, but before the baby arrived, political events overtook them – Joseph had to return to Bethlehem for the census – it was miles away – a MARATHON (Snickers) journey, but Joseph thought the BREAK AWAY would do her good. The Journey was long and Mary and Joseph got the MUNCHIES, so they stopped for a PICNIC. When they arrived in Bethlehem, Joseph tried to find lodgings, but CLUB after CLUB let them down – No room they all said. Eventually they were offered a little out house – it was there that the little baby was born. They checked his FINGERS and toes. He was named Jesus, which means Saviour. He was laid in a manger, lined with hay and STRAW (Sherbet straw!). There was so much LOVE, HEARTS filled.

That night, some shepherds were watching their speed GRAZE in the fields and heard TUNES in the AER – “O Glory to God in the Highest”. “That’s RANDOM” one said. The shepherds decided to take a break (KIT- KAT) from looking after the sheep. Let’s GO AHEAD and see what’s happening in Bethlehem. They ran to Bethlehem but the ground was ROCKY so they had to slow down. When they were there they found the TRIO, Joseph, Mary and Jesus, who was lying in a manger. It was not at all a NICE place; smelly and dirty; filled with ANIMALS – not really a fit place for a maternity ward. They were filled in their wonder. It was as if the STAR(s) BURST overhead. They REVELled at the thought that this child was special. Could this be just as the prophets had foretold – was this the LIONof Judah? It was getting late, AFTER EIGHT, in fact – so the shepherds returned to the hills, singing praise to God as they went and saying what a KIND’R SURPISE that was tonight, we’re JAMMIE DODGERS, that’s for sure.

Meanwhile in a far country, some SMARTIES, wise men were busily scanning the GALAXY, when they saw a star near the MILKY WAY. Was it MARS? No it was a special STAR (bar) – signalling the birth of a King. They travelled long and hard, and crossed a number of BORDER’s and reached Herod’s Palace – they were not embarrassed to HOBNOB with royalty. Herod was very interested – “A King has been born?” – He didn’t believe them and called theM ALL TEASERS, but just to make sure – he tried to FUDGE the issue by saying that he wanted to go and worship the baby – and told the wise men to report to him on their way back. The wise men travelled until the found Jesus and offered their BOUNTY, GOLD, frankincense, and Myrrh. Then God warned them in a dream that Herod was up to his TWIX again, seeking the child’s life. So they took the TIME OUT to return by another route. News began to RIPPLE back to Herod that the Wise Men were not coming to show him where Jesus was and stopped his scoundrJELLY TOT plan. 

Now that’s the familiar story – the CLASSIC tale, told at Christmas. It has little to do with reindeer and FLAKES of snow and robins and a baby in a clean crib decorated with tinsel. The original story was not that NICE. Jesus was born a refugee, he was a threat, a danger – don’t miss the meaning.

Jesus was born so that ALLSORTS of people might know God’s love for them. Many people are looking for meaning and purpose – some kind of REFRESHER in life – a BOOST in difficult times. The Christmas Story really is cause for CELEBRATION, Jesus is no MINIATURE HERO!

This Christmas, tell the story and make it SNOWBALL. ORANGEyou glad God came into our world at Christmas.

 (*Aren’t… you glad)

Adapted from version below to recognise sweets and biscuits no longer on the market!

Shopping List (All available from major retailers in the UK)

Sweets

Wispa
Topic
Snickers
Munchies
Picnic
Sherbet Straw
Love Hearts
Graze Bar
Aero
Randoms
Kit-Kat
Starburst
Revels
Lion Bar
After Eight
Kinder Surprise
Smarties
Galaxy
Milky Way
Mars
Star Bar
Malteasers
Fudge
Bounty
Twix
Ripple
Jelly Tot’s
Flake
Boost
Allsorts
Refresher Bar
Boost
Celebrations
Miniature Hero’s
Chocolate Orange

Biscuits

Break Away
Club (*2)
Cadbury Fingers
Go Ahead Bar
Rocky
Trio
Nice
Animal Biscuits
Jammie Dodgers
Border Biscuits
Hob Nob’s
Gold Bar
Fox’s Classic
Time Out
Snowball

Original 2010 Version.

Required: lots of sweets!

A girl called Mary heard a WISPA, from an angel (wearing a HALO) who said that she would be the Mother of God’s son. But how could this be? She was not yet married to Joseph. To have a baby now would be a TOPIC of conversation in the village. Joseph also heard of God’s plan, but before the baby arrived, political events overtook them – Joseph had to return to Bethlehem for the census – it was miles away – a MARATHON (Snickers) journey, but Joseph thought the BREAK would do her good. When they arrived, Joseph tried to find lodgings, but CLUB after CLUB let them down – No room they all said. Eventually they were offered a little out house – it was there that the little baby was born. He was named Jesus, which means Saviour. He was laid in a manger, lined with hay and STRAW (Sherbet straw!)

That night, some shepherds, and DRIFTERS, heard TUNES in the sky. “Glory to God in the Highest”. The shepherds decided to take a break (KIT- KAT) from looking after the sheep. Let’s (GO?) and see what’s happening in Bethlehem. When they were there they found the TRIO, Joseph, Mary and Jesus, who was lying in a manger. It was not at all a NICE place; smelly and dirty – not really a fit place for a maternity ward. They were however UNITED in their wonder, they REVELled at the thought that this child was special. Could this be just as the prophets had foretold – was this the LION of Judah? It was getting late, AFTER EIGHT, in fact – so the shepherds returned to the hills – huffing and PUFFIN and singing praise to God as they went.

Meanwhile in a far country, some SMARTIES, wise men were busily scanning the GALAXY, when they saw a star near the MILKY WAY. Was it MARS? No it was a special STAR (bar) – signalling the birth of a King. They travelled long and hard and reached Herod’s Palace – they were not embarrassed to HOBNOB with royalty. Herod was very interested – “A King has been born?” – He didn’t believe them and called theM ALL TEASERS, but just to make sure – he tried to FUDGE the issue by saying that he wanted to go and worship the baby – and told the wise men to report to him on their way back. The wise men travelled until the found Jesus and offered their BOUNTY, GOLD, frankincense, and Myrrh. Then God warned them in a dream that Herod was up to his TWIX again, seeking the child’s life. So they took the TIME OUT to return by another route.

Now that’s the familiar story – the CLASSIC tale, told at Christmas. It has little to do with reindeer and FLAKES of snow and robins and a baby in a clean crib decorated with tinsel. The original story was not that NICE. Jesus was born a refugee, he was a threat, a danger – don’t miss the meaning.

Jesus was born so that ALLSORTS of people might know God’s love for them. Many people are looking for meaning and purpose – some kind of REFRESHER in life – a BOOST in difficult times. The Christmas Story really is cause for CELEBRATION, Jesus is no MINATURE HERO!

Posted August 9, 2010 by dgbmcc in Brilliant Talk!, Christmas