Sunday, 11 December 2011

Gifts You Can’t Wait To Give

This morning’s All Age Service featured a superb nativity play by the children – narrated by the animals in the story – Mary’s Cat, the Nazareth Dog, Joseph’s Donkey, a Sheep, and a Camel.

Bob reminded us that  as Christians, we are all players in the Nativity Story this Christmas – we have to act out the story of the Incarnation to the world around us – or how else will they know?

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We watched the John Lewis ad on the Big Screen [Bob stressing that he was not endorsing the shop, just making a point about Christmas being about giving] and there was a collective ‘aah!’ afterwards.

And finally, we took the Christmas tags we’d been given on arrival, and wrote on them something we’d like to give someone else [near or far, known to us personally or strangers]– and hung them on the tree by the manger.

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People had written things like food, fresh water, peace, shelter, hope, love, healing from bad memories, support for Toby Day’s teenage children [a local policeman who died tragically this week, with his wife and youngest child] comfort for troops abroad and their families…

The tree was covered with thoughts and prayers – it looked great. And it was wonderful to have the church full of people of all ages, singing the carols and sharing in the worship.


  1. What a wonderful post Angela - gives us something to think about.

  2. Your tree is such a lovely idea.

  3. I love this! We all are "players" in the Nativity. I must ponder this. I also think the idea of the gift tags hanging on the tree with all of those Christmas wishes/gifts is simply beautiful. Thank you for this.


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