Tag Archives: nativity story

When the Elf on Shelf met Jesus

Can you spot the character who seems out of place in this nativity scene? This year we have had an elf on the shelf stay with us. Each day when our children wake up the Elf can be found in unusual … Continue reading

Posted in christmas, Christmas story, Faith, Following Jesus, God is with us, Life experiences | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Jesus is God’s Gift: An all age visual, fun, interactive and creative Christmas talk

This fun, visual and creative talk explains how Jesus is God’s gift to the world using a wrapped up present with various items inside of it. As you pull each item out (it’s best done in order) you simply explain … Continue reading

Posted in christmas, Christmas story, creative communication, Faith, Incarnation, Jesus | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Advent 21: The One about Strange Gifts

They were the strangest set of gifts that Mary had ever seen! Some important looking people had turned up at her house and they were really offering her son gold, some incense (she had only ever seen it used in the … Continue reading

Posted in Faith | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Advent 16: The Wrong Sort?

Did you know that the first people who God wanted to tell about the arrival of his son were people who weren’t allowed to go to worship him in the temple? There were some shepherds in a field at night … Continue reading

Posted in Advent, christmas, Christmas story, Faith | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Advent 12: A Long Time ago in Bethlehem

The Roman Emperor, Augustus, decreed that a Census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire (Luke 2.1) and as a result Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem. Hundreds of years before this, God said that the Messiah would be born … Continue reading

Posted in Advent, christmas, Christmas story, Faith | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Advent 7: Mary says YES

Mary agreed to be the mother of the son of God! It is surprising that she didn’t need to think about it for longer before saying yes because becoming pregnant whilst unmarried was going to cause her some real problems … Continue reading

Posted in Advent, christmas, Christmas story, Faith, trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Real Star, Sent With Love

At a Christmas event today, we provided people with cards that said ‘with love’ and also nativity stickers. There were some fairly impressive cards, but this one was my favourite. The aim of the activity was to help people to appreciate that … Continue reading

Posted in christmas, Christmas story, Faith, Incarnation, Life experiences | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Have you ever thought about how tragic the Nativity Story is?

The version of the nativity that is often presented in church is a very nice, clean and happy story but have you ever considered how tragic that the Christmas story really is? Mary was unmarried and pregnant and the punishment in her culture … Continue reading

Posted in christmas, Christmas story, Faith, Incarnation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I’ve lost Mary

Because we were talking about a nativity play I assumed ‘I’ve lost Mary’ was referring to the person playing Mary. What became clear as the conversation went on was that the other person was actually talking about someone called Mary who was … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, christmas, Christmas story, Faith, God is our father, Incarnation, Relationship with God, trust | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment