What Joey Essex teaches us about Christmas

Heat Magazine: Will you put a nativity scene under the tree? Joey Essex: What does that mean? Heat: You know what a nativity scene is, surely… Joey: An activity screen? Is it a box you put presents in Heat: You know, when Jesus was born… Joey: Oh! The hay round the bottom of the Christmas […]

Our Greatest Christmas Hope

Nancy Guthrie: Our great hope is not just going to heaven when we die, though that is so wondrously good. But God has much grander plans. Our great hope is that Christ will come again, not as a helpless baby in a manger, but as a magnificent king on a throne—a king who will be […]

Christmas Video 17: Joseph speaks – Christmas spoken word

Dai Woolridge has produced some brilliant spoken word videos – Joseph Speaks is a great one to use with your church or youth group for Christmas:

Christmas Health & Safety

Christmas Health and Safety reminder:   There is some official concern at the intentions expressed in public songs.   Please be advised that all employees planning to dash-through-the-snow-in-a-one-horse-open-sleigh, going over-the-fields-and-laughing-all-the-way are required to undergo a Risk Assessment addressing the safety of open sleighs.   The assessment must also consider whether it is appropriate to use […]

What children want for Christmas: a Dad

When it comes to Christmas, it might be safe to assume children will ask Santa for an extensive list of toys, games and treats.  But a survery of their typical lists for Father Christmas has shown many have more serious concerns, requesting “a dad” instead. A study of 2,000 British parents found most children will put […]

Community Christmas Meals

Communities are being encouraged to provide companionship to older people on Christmas Day by running a community Christmas Lunch event, joining up with others at a local pub or restaurant, popping round for tea and cake, perhaps organizing a film viewing or anything else that can be enjoyed by all those that take part. This […]

Christmas video 16: Shepherds, Wise Men and baby Jesus spoken word

Miriam Swaffield wrote these spoken word videos about the shepherds, the wise men and baby Jesus. They are brilliant, we’ve used them with our 11-14 year olds who’ve loved them. Fusion have recorded them and made them available for FREE download here – you might want to use them in your services or youth events you’ve got […]

Christmas video 15: Bethlehemiam Rhapsody

Carrying on the series of great Christmas video clips is the Bethlehemiam Rhapsody – old school but great:  

What does a registered manager at a children’s care home do?

        Great article from the Guardian, interviewing Zoey Lees, who is a registered manager at The Orchards, a children’s care home in Nottingham for five young people aged 11 to 18 who are on the autism spectrum: We are just like a family and my day starts about 8am when I transport some […]

Christmas video 14: Mary’s Song

Spoken Truth and the Bible Society have partnered together to tell the story of Mary’s journey to motherhood in a 21st century setting.  Mary’s Song is a spoken word poem and original song – enjoy! I’ve used it with a couple of groups of non-Christian young people who I work with who really enjoyed exploring the […]

Carol singers – get the App!

Going carol singing this Christmas? Download the free Carol Words app so you can see the words in the dark. Over 40 carols ready to sing, all in the palm of your hand. Your phone screen makes all the carols readable at all times; it’s perfect for carol singing,  Carols by Candlelight or outdoor carol […]

My heart breaks for the burned-out teachers

This articulates many of the reasons I would never consider going into teaching.   When I was applying for university in 2000 I looked carefully at doing a BEd degree and training to be a teacher.  I was put off by the way the government drive towards targets, overbearing amounts of paperwork, and stifling creativity […]

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