Good morning & welcome to the hall today
for our Christmas Prayer Service.
Advent is the special time in the Church’s year
when we get ready to celebrate
the birthday of a very special baby.
What was his name? (Jesus).
Does any one here know when is Jesus’s birthday?
Yes that’s right we celebrate Jesus’s birthday
on Christmas Day.
How many more sleeps is that? ( )
Sign of the Cross
‘Chase away the darkness.
Fill the world with light,
be a little candle flame
and shine out bright’.
We can be like ‘candles’ who share
the light and warmth of God’s love
with everyone we meet.
Why do we light a candle?
To remind us that God our Father in Heaven is always with us.
On the night Jesus was born,
there was a light in the sky over the place where He was.
Does anyone know what was that light in the sky?
It was the Christmas star shining out bright.
So now we are going pretend that we are going on a journey
like Mary and Joseph and the donkey
and the Shepherds and the Kings
And to find our way we have to follow God’s shining star.
But first let us get ready for our journey
by making the best possible start when we say
Good Morning to God; this is the best way to start each day;
Father in Heaven, you love me
You are with me night and day
I want to love you always
In all I do and say
I’ll try to please you Father
Please bless me during the day
Yes, Christmas is Jesus’s birthday.
Hands up who is doing a Christmas play ?
What job do you have in the Christmas play?
Hands up who is an angel?
Who is a shepherd?
Who is a wise man or a wise king?
Is any one a Whoops a Daisy angel?
I am sure that after all your hard work your play will go well.
Who knows who told Mary that she was going to have a baby?
It was an angel who came to visit Mary
to tell her the Good News,
that she was going have a baby,
that was going to be the Mother of God.
So stand up and spread your wings you are an angel
and we will sing ‘Mary Will You Take This Baby Boy’
Where did Mary live?
Mary lived in a place called Nazareth.
Who was Mary’s husband?
Mary was married to a carpenter called Joseph.
Mary and Joseph had to go on a journey.
Where were they going?
They were going to a place called Bethlehem.
Why were they going to Bethlehem?
They were going to be counted!
The reason they had to go to Bethlehem
is that that was where Joseph’s family were from.
As well as getting ready for a new baby
Mary and Joseph had gone on a journey
from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
This journey is a long long journey
and there were no cars…
So how did Mary get there? Mary travelled on a donkey
And how did Joseph get there? He walked
The roads were rough and rocky.
The journey would have taken about a week,
so it would be like if you started walking today – Sunday
and you kept walking ….
on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
…until next Sunday.
And what happened when they did get to Bethlehem?
Well Bethlehem was full of people.
Mary and Joseph went looking but there was no place to stay.
Mary and Joseph went knocking on all the doors
Poor Mary and Joseph had no place to stay
So now it is time for us to say sorry for times
when we closed the doors to our minds and our hearts.
And if we are truly sorry in our hearts,
then God our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.
So let’s say our Sorry Prayer
O my God I thank you for loving me.
I am sorry for all my sins,
for not loving others and not loving you.
Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again. Amen
Is any one the innkeeper in their Christmas play?
What does the kind innkeeper say?
Yes, luckily one kind innkeeper said,
‘Would you like to stay in my stable?’
So let us open our doors and our hearts and our minds
like the kind innkeeper who let Mary and Joseph stay in his stable did.
That night Baby Jesus was born,
and Mary loved her baby so much
just like your parents love you
Shepherds were minding their sheep.
Who came to tell them that Baby Jesus was born?
Yes angels came to tell them that Baby Jesus was born.
And how did the Three Wise men find Jesus?
The Three Kings or the Three Wise Men in the East saw the star,
they followed the star and found the Baby Jesus.
‘We Three Kings’
The Three Wise Men brought presents.
What presents did the Three Wise Men bring?
I am sure Mary and Joseph would have said thank you.
And now it is time for us to say Thank You to God
God our Father I come to say, thank you for your love today.
Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me.
Guard me in the dark of night
and in the morning, please send your light.
‘Away in a Manger’
Thank you, dear Jesus, thank you
for coming down from Heaven to save us.
Thank you for Christmas time.
Help us to get ready for
Your coming this year.
So as we get ready for Christmas.
Let’s remember that
it is a special baby’s birthday
and celebrate as we go