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Mothering Sunday resources

Students and staff from St Mellitus led by Jane Williams, Assistant Dean and Tutor in Theology, have written a beautiful Mothering Sunday liturgy for Mothers’ Union which can be downloaded below: St Mellitus and Mothers’ Union Mothering Sunday Liturgy WORD St Mellitus and Mothers’ Union Mothering Sunday Liturgy PDF   The Mothers’ Union also have to offer a […]

Church accidentally prints 2Pac lyrics in carol service booklet!

Someone probably should have told this church that there’s more than a few ‘Hail Mary’ carols. Sadly they choose rapper 2Pac’s version.  Not the most suitable lyrics! The Church in Colombo were hosting their carol service ‘Joy To The World’ last year when this mistake happened.  They were meant to be singing a Catholic prayer, […]

Christmas video 25: Christmas according to kids

What happens when you ask a bunch of kids to tell the story of Christmas? Enjoy this story of Bethle-ha-ha-ham and the magical star that appeared. The natural humour of the children of Southland Christian Church describing the nativity story makes this an obvious video to show at your Christmas family service:  

Christmas video 24: Christmas Starts with a Baby’s Giggle

The constant onslaught of Christmas advertising from October onwards can start to wear a little thin as we enter December. Something inside us knows that however lovely the advert featuring a snowman giving a gift to a unicorn is – or whatever this years iteration is – it’s not really what Christmas is all about. […]

The vicar’s reaction to people only appearing in church at Christmas

Jody Stowell wrote a great article in The Independent, a couple of years ago, on the vicar’s reaction to people only appearing in church at Christmas: Do I mind that people come to church at Christmas and occasionally at Easter, and remain absent the rest of the year?  The honest answer is yes and no. Of […]

Christmas video 22: 88 Piano Keys Control 500,000 Christmas Lights!

The Piano Guys have created a brilliant video of Jon Schmidt controlling half a million lights from his paino. 500,000 Christmas lights, linked to 4,900 digital channels to ensure that the entire spectrum of the piano’s keyboard was featured brilliantly.  46,000 watts of juice were used to electrify this!  The piano was actually being played: A […]

Christmas video 20: The Scale and Morgan Freeman

This video, ‘The Scale’ is narrated by Morgan Freeman.  ‘The Scale’ leaves you wondering all the way through what he is talking about.  Only at the end to you get it, and yes it is very clever.  But more than that it is challenging and thought provoking too:    

Best children’s Christmas story book

One of my favourite resources for the Christmas season is Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allan. Nicholas Allan writes and illustrates the nativity through the eyes of a grumpy inn keeper who is unexpectedly at the centre of Jesus’ birth.  The story follows him as he is woken up repeatedly by Mary and Joseph and guests visiting the […]

Christmas video 18: Consider by Koko

I love the work of Koko, and this video is well worth showing to the youth group:  

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 […]

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:

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 […]