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Margaret, Shepherd, sheep and Rae

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Star of Bethlehem

Messy Christmas Service  -  27 November 2016

Celebration time as Margaret Webster leads the story with help from the children

The last messy church before Christmas on Sunday 27 November attracted a full house of children, mums dads and relatives to enjoy a full Christmas experience.

Putting Christ back into Christmas was the theme for December.  In the rush to setup the decorations, write the cards, buy and wrap presents, it is easy to overlook the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus.

The story is well known, from the angel Gabriel appearing before the virgin Mary with the message from God that she is chosen to bear a son, to be named Jesus. How scary must that have been for a young girl?  Mary doesn’t panic; instead she listens to the angel, who reassures her: ‘Do not be afraid. '

'He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’

Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ Gabriel continued 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; so the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.

So our crafts you can guess had a very 'angelic' theme.  Here are some of them.

Edible angels. Anything that you can make and eat is always popular. Made of an upturned ice cream cone, marshmallow head, icing hair, covered in chocolate, and a fan wafer for wings, not only looked good but tasted great too. 

Giant angel. Well if your going to make an angel, why not make it Big? Neil Cape with help from the children set about creating the 'mega angel' from paper cups, tale and staples. It seemed to keep growing as our afternoon progressed.

Advent calendars. Every Christmas has to have an advent calendar. Using crayons and pens we decorated ours. We talked about how long it takes to have a baby, and what  it feels like to have to wait ages for something (like opening all the doors on
the calendar).

Angel painting and angel wind chimes continued the 'angelic' theme.

How busy everyone is

Christmas card mix and match
was fun. Before everyone arrives, hide one lot of “halves” around the room.

Each child was given five halves of different Christmas cards as they arrived at Messy church. They had to find the other half, hidden around the church hall. When they found a pair, they had to decide whether what they had found was in the Bible or not, by sticking the pair together either in or not in the bible display board.

Celebration time in the church was led by Margaret Webster and Rae Hunter, telling us the Christmas story. Margaret told us how Jesus, which in Hebrew is 'Emmanuel' which means 'God with us' and taught us how to remember the name using sign language. With 5 fingers, starting with the thumb, being vowels a,e,i,o,u and fingering to display m, n, and l. We sang 'A Band of Angels' to a video carrying out the actions. A final prayer before we headed back to the hall for our Christmas feast.

Graham McDonald led grace before our Christmas feast. Joan Cape and her team had been busy cooking a full turkey, stuffing, roast and boiled potatoes, vegetables and gravy for some 75 place settings. Followed by pudding finished off a great afternoon.

The next Messy Church will be Sunday January 25th, 4 to 6 pm.

The Messy team wish all families and children a very Merry Christmas
and a great new year.