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All Age Christmas Eve  - 24 December 2017

Presented by Joan Cape, Sheila Anderson, Margaret Webster, Rae Hunter and Olivia
Music played by Graham McDonald on organ and piano.

Christmas Eve afternoon saw the Messy Church team put on the Christmas Story for all ages. Joan Cape led the service with help from Sheila Anderson and friends to tell us the story of the journey to Bethlehem by Mary and Joseph and the birth of the baby Jesus. The following story contains links to hear what happened during the live service at each stage.

After welcoming everyone to the service and an opening prayer we sang our first Christmas Carol, 'O little town of Bethlehem'. In the first part of the story we thought about the journey that Mary and Joseph had to make to Bethlehem, and how we would prepare. What would we pack and take with us, and why? To help tell the story Joan packed a series of clues, cleverly hidden in envelopes. The first clue which Sheila opened was about 'scrolls'. What was written on the scrolls?

Sheila Haig stepped up to read from the New Testament Luke 2, 1-7, which gave us the answer. Check your bible to find out. (hint - about emperor Augustus and a census). Joan summarised that Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem because they had been told to, by emperor Augustus. We then sang two carols 'Away in a manger' followed by 'Child in the manger'.

Returning to our clues it was time to open the second envelope, which talked of angels visiting the shepherd's and there journey to Bethlehem to meet our saviour. The story was illustrated by a video ' A Band of Angels'. This led us into singing 'It was on a starry night'.

Now for our third clue, which Sheila opened. Joan and Sheila htought someone must know about the star, and the wisemen. Margaret Webster did, and came forward to tell us about the wisemen travelling to Jerusalem, where Herod was.  We had a video of one of the wisemen telling us the story himself..

Joan talked about background and story of the Twelve days of Christmas, which we sang at the Hope4Penicuik carol event.  Graham McDonald led on the piano, as we sang our version 12 Days of Christmas.   

Joan asked the children in the congregation if they remembered the story so far? Sheila Anderson thought they had just about finished the story, but had one clue in an envelope left. Joan asked her to open it, and found a cross inside. What did it mean?  Olivia from the congregation told us the meaning behind the cross. Joan told us why Jesus died on the cross, and why.

Christmas is a journey for us too, our journey through life. We finished the afternoon with a Prayer from Rae Huter, then our closing carols 'Good Christian men rejoice' followed by 'On a Christmas morning' sung to the tune Amarillo.

A Happy Christmas to all Church families - see you in the New Year.

For more information on Messy Church

Contact: Joan Cape 674276 capefamily@talktalk.net
              Katrina McDonald  kmcd11@yahoo.co.uk

Published - 30 December 2017
Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838