Blog Archives

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. […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Links from the world of Christianity & Theology

Some interesting links from the world of Christianity & Theology: One in five Brits do not know Jesus Christ born on 25 December, study finds: Report that a study has found that one in five British people do not know that the birth of Jesus is celebrated on Christmas Day. Church of England trains leaders to […]

Christmas video 9: Mulberry Miracle

What does Christmas without Jesus look like? Today in our consumeristic society we replace Jesus with a handbag, a smartphone, food, and so much more.  This is a great video that would work well at a carol service.

Christmas video 2: Jesus: Truth or Fairytale

“Jesus: Truth or Fairytale?” a Christmas video resource aimed at 16-19 year olds. For many young people Christmas is a fairytale, a nice story we repeat each year. This video asks the question, what if God really came to town? The video features Meg Cannon reciting a spoken word piece that brings back the grit, […]

Children’s & youth work links

Links from around the world of children’s and youth work: What happened when 9 teens gave up their mobile phones for a week: anyone who has worked with teenagers for more than 5 minutes know how connected to their mobiles they are.  So what happens if they were separated from their mobile lifelines for a full week? […]

Church doesn’t welcome the working class

I’ve been chewing over an article that Chine McDonald,  the Director of Communications & Membership at the Evangelical Alliance, recently wrote on the way in which the church is overwhelmingly full of people from a middle class background: Our society is vastly, scarily unequal. The opportunities that are assumed by some are beyond the realms of possibility […]

Assembly: Tolerance

This was the assembly I gave this morning at one of our local Junior schools, on the theme of tolerance: The past few hundred years have been marked by ethnic and racial conflict, as the Holocaust, the Rwanda genocide and the ongoing war in Syria demonstrate. There have also been individuals who have stood above […]

How The World Looked When Jesus Was Born, According to Roman Geographers

Neatorama recently highlighted what the world looked like when Jesus was born.  Thanks to Strabo, the Roman geographer, we have a 17-volume description of the world as they knew it. Here is what the world looked like to Strabo and his contemporaries: the globe was divided into five sections, with two cold bands on either […]