Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Christmas Letter

One little boy wrote the following letter to Santa:

Dear Santa,
There are three little boys who live at our house.
There's Jeffery. He's two.
There's David. He's four.
There's Michael. He's seven.
Jeffery is good some of the time.
David is good some of the time.
Michael is good all of the time.
I am Michael.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Christmas Joke

A Sunday School teacher asked her class," What was Jesus mother's name?" 
One child answered, "Mary".
The teacher then asked, "Who knows what Jesus' fathers's name was?"
A little boy answered, "Verge."
Confused, the teacher asked, "Where did you get that from?"
The boy said, " Well, you know how they are always talking about "Verge and Mary".

Monday, 14 December 2009

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The Son - A Story to Share at Christmas

 The Son - A  Story to Share at Christmas
Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted young son, shared a passion for art collecting. Together they traveled around the world, adding only the finest art treasures to their collection. Priceless works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and many others adorned the walls of the family estate. The widowed father looked on with satisfaction as his only child became an experienced art collector. But the day came when war engulfed the nation, and the young man left to serve his country. After only a few short weeks, his father received a telegram that his beloved son had been killed while carrying a fellow soldier to a medic.

On Christmas morning a knock came at the door of the old man’s home, and as he opened the door, he was greeted by a soldier with a large package in his hand. He introduced himself to the man by saying, “I was a friend of your son. I was the one he was rescuing when he died. May I come in for a few moments? I have something to show you.” “I’m an artist,” said the soldier, “and I want to give you this.” As the old man unwrapped the package, the paper gave way to reveal a portrait of his son. Though the art critics would never consider the work a piece of genius, the painting did feature the young man’s face in striking detail, and seemed to capture his personality.

The following spring, the old man became ill and passed away. The art world was in anticipation! According to the will of the old man, all of the art works would be auctioned. The day soon arrived, and art collectors from around the world gathered to bid on some of the world’s most spectacular paintings. The auction began with a painting that was not on any museum’s list. It was the painting of the man’s son. The auctioneer asked for an opening bid. The room was silent. “Who will open the bidding with $100?” he asked. Minutes passed with not a sound from those who came to buy. From the back of the room someone callously called out, “Who cares about that painting? It’s just a picture of his son. Let’s forget it and go on to the important paintings.” There were other voices which echoed in agreement. But the auctioneer replied, “No, we have to sell this one first. Now, who will take the son?” Finally, a friend of the old man spoke. “I knew the boy, so I’d like to have it. I will bid the $100.” “I have a bid for $100,” called the auctioneer. “Will anyone go higher?” After a long silence, the auctioneer said, “Going once. Going twice. Gone.” The gavel fell. Cheers filled the room and someone was heard to say, “Now we can get on with it!” But the auctioneer looked at the audience and announced the auction was over. Stunned disbelief quieted the room. Someone spoke up and asked, “What do you mean it’s over? We didn’t come here for a picture of some old guy’s son. What about all of these paintings? There are millions of dollars worth of art here! We demand that you explain what’s going on!” The auctioneer replied, “It’s very simple. According to the will of the father, whoever takes the son... gets it all.”

That is the essence of the story of Christmas: Whoever takes the Son gets it all. The Bible puts it like this: “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11_12).

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Advent and Christmas Services

EngageWorship.org has recently posted some really helpful Advent and Christmas resources. If you're planning a worship service leading up to Christmas you should check out these free resources.

Advent Ribbon Reflection
We Look Forward to Advent Liturgy
The Cave Sketch - a short drama

Monday, 30 November 2009

A Christmas Lament

For those under pressure or rushing in their preparations leading up to Christmas Dean McIntyre has written a thoughtful lament which may be sung to the tune of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" or — with some rhythmic adjustment — "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

Christmas Video

Monday, 23 November 2009

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,
                      I’ve been a good mum all year. I’ve fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited the doctor’s office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of choc bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground.
 I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son’s red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I’ll find any more free time in the next 18 years.
   Here are my Christmas wishes: I’d like a pair of legs that don’t ache ( in any colour, except purple , which  I already have ) and arms that don’t hurt or flap in the breeze; but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the lolly aisle in the grocery store.
      I’d like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.
 If you’re hauling big ticket items this year I’d like fingerprint resistant windows, a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn’t broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide and talk on the phone.
 On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, “Yes, Mummy” to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don’t fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.
 I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting “ Don’t eat in the living room” and “Take your hands off your brother,” because my voice seems to be just out of my children’s hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.
 If it’s too late to find any of these products, I’d settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Strofoam container.
 If you don’t mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare tomato sauce a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family.
     Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave to leave your wet boots by the door and come in and dry off so you don’t catch a cold.
 Help yourself to cookies on the table but don’t eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.
 Yours Always, MUM…!  P.S. One more thing…you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children happy, healthy and always  believing.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Christmas-1st Corinthians 13 Style

Christmas-1st Corinthians 13 Style
  • If I decorate my house perfectly with bows,strands of twinkling lights and shiny baubles, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.
  • If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas biscuits, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtimes, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.
  •  If I decorate the Christmas tree with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
  • Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
  • Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband or wife.

  • Love is kind, though harried and tired.
  •  Love doesn't envy another's home that has co-ordinated Christmas china and table cloths.
  •  Love doesn't yell at the children to get out of the way.
  • Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
  • Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
  • Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust.
But giving the gift of God's love will endure.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights
An object lesson for children

Use Christmas lights for a Christmas object lesson that teaches about the light of Christ! Bring a string of Christmas lights to plug in and light up.
   These lights look great don't they? At Christmas time we sometimes hang lights around a tree or outside our house. Have you ever had Christmas lights at your house?

     When I see these light up at Christmas I think 'Oh great Christmas is coming soon'. The lights remind me that Christmas is a special celebration- a celebration everyone can join in. Christmas is Jesus' birthday when we remember when God's Son- Jesus was born at Bethlehem.
(Switch the lights off then on again)
     One of the greatest things about these lights is that they help us to see when it's dark.
The Bible calls Jesus the "light of the world". When he grew up he showed God's love and care and that all those people who believe in him will know Jesus light shining in their lives as well and it will never be turned off.

John 8:12: "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

He is the one that shows us the way to Heaven because He is the only way. We must follow Him.
John 14:6: "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Making Kids Christmas Cards

Looking  to make kids Christmas Cards? Check out Kids Craft Weekly with 5 different types with instructions.
And some simple Christmas Cards

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

It's Christmas Crossword Puzzle

A Christmas  Crossword Puzzle for children



1. Schizophrenia --- Do You Hear What I Hear?

2. Multiple Personality Disorder --- We Three Kings Disoriented Are

3. Dementia --- I'm Dreaming of a White...., er a White....

4. Narcissistic --- Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me

5. Manic --- Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and.....

6. Paranoid --- Santa Claus is Coming to Town to Get Me

7. Psychopath --- Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire

8. Borderline Personality Disorder --- You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pout, Maybe Someday I'll Tell You Why

9. Attention Deficit Disorder --- Silent Night, Holy oooh look at the froggy! - can I have a chocolate - why is France so far away?