|Presented by Joan Cape, Sheila Anderson, Margaret Webster, Rae Hunter and Olivia|
Music played by Graham McDonald on organ and piano.
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'.
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'.
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..
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.
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.
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
A Happy Christmas to all Church families - see you in the New Year.
For more information on Messy Church
Contact: Joan Cape 674276 firstname.lastname@example.org
Katrina McDonald email@example.com
Published - 30 December 2017