This Christmas is the Christmas we never thought we’d have to plan for! So, what can we do to make it a good one? In some ways not being able to plan for huge, elaborate group gatherings – nativity plays, carol services, parties – leaves us free to have a bit of a rethink about […]
Looking for something to do which links in with what’s happening now? Here are some simple, creative activities you might like to try.
I was recently looking at the Benedictus, otherwise known as the words Zechariah says on the birth of his son, John the Baptist in Luke 1:67-79. It’s a powerful passage, although not as well-known as Mary’s song a few verses earlier in the chapter. As I looked at it, I started to see connections with […]
This year we may well have to change how we celebrate Christmas. Large gatherings and community singing won’t be easy, so let’s be creative and start thinking about what we want to achieve in our Christmas celebrations, and start thinking of new ways to celebrate. One of the things I love most about Christmas is […]
Have you got some old Christmas cards stashed? Here’s some ideas of ways you can use them to explore the Christmas story together: 1. Sort them Go through your cards and split them into two piles: ones which feature something in the Christmas story and those which don’t. You might need to do a quick […]
We’re planning to go to a carol service at the weekend, and I wondered how familiar my children would be with the songs, so I contacted the person in charge and asked what carols they would be singing. They sent me the list, saying that they hoped they wouldn’t get in trouble for sharing secrets!!! […]
Thankfulness is so powerful! It really does change how we see our lives, and encourages us when things are tricky. This activity is a way of identifying, focusing on and being thankful for the good things in our lives. You could make a thanks jar at any time of year, but I especially like starting ours on January 1st and reading […]