advent 4 2015

‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’

Isaiah 9:6

A song to enjoy

Something to make – twinkly Christmas star


all you need

  • 2 pipe cleaners (large) cut in half and twisted together in the centre to make a star
  • beads to thread on to the pipe cleaners. Once done fold the end of each pipe cleaner
  • fold one  pipe cleaner into a hook at it’s end so you can hang it on the tree.

edited – found a spelling mistake!




advent 3 2015

‘There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.’

Isaiah 11:1

something to listen to

Something to make – a tissue paper wreath using a paper plate.


advent 2 2015

‘But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.’

Micah 5:2

A song to listen to


advent 1 2015

‘Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.’

Isaiah 7:14

A song to enjoy

Something to make  – mince pies!


To make the pastry – (if doing this with young children warn them that the pastry needs to go in the fridge for a bit. My children found it easier to cope with the wait if they knew it was going to happen)

  • 8oz plain flour (add a pinch of salt)
  • 2oz lard
  • 2oz marg/butter
  • cold water
  • extra flour for rolling out
  • shallow bun tin
  • round cookie cutters

Measure out the flour and add the salt. Add the lard and marg and rub in to the flour with fingertips till it looks like breadcrumbs. Children can do this  –  just try to make sure their hands don’t get too warm – pastry loves cold hands!

Then add just enough cold water to make a dough. Add a little at a time. I mix this in with a knife (like the one you use with a fork  – no sharp edges!) . Then chill the dough for about half an hour wrapped in cling film.

Roll out  12 larger circles to fit in the bun tin and 12 tops. These need to be smaller and can be different shapes.

Grease the bun tin. Put in the bottoms and add a spoon of good quality mincemeat. Add the tops. Brush with a little milk. Put a small cut in each lid.

Bake in a hot oven (200c) for about 15 minutes. When baked the mincemeat will be very hot so leave to cool a bit before enjoying.






Make your own advent calendar


Chocolate has taken over advent calendars! So this is a set of printables to make your own set of pictures (that children can decorate every day of advent) with a Bible verse to read each day. In our family  we won’t do this instead of chocolate but alongside the chocolate eating advent calendar.

Use this any way that suits you – we have some Christmas twine and paper clips.

There is an extra picture for Christmas day.

Christmas 3-shapes 1 ( verses)

Christmas 3-shapes 2 ( verses)

Christmas 3-shapes 3 ( verses)



Christmas Paper Plate Ideas

These paper plates were made as an aid to telling the Christmas story but they could easily be adapted to be crafts. I had a lot of fun making them 🙂 They would make a lovely family craft activity to make during advent and then display at Christmas. And if you want a family craft at a church group then there is lots for a child and adult to enjoy.

All you need  – good quality paper plates (these were from waitrose!), wool, tissue paper, material, triangles for the body shapes, heart shapes for the angel wings, shredded tissue paper, cotton wool, cardboard tubes/rolls. And any art/collage supplies you fancy! For glue I used double sided tape for the cardboard tubes and glue sticks.

angel visits Mary

the baby in the manger

angels visit the shepherds



Something for you..

Christmas is Coming!B - 2015

We are holding an afternoon of Christmas Ideas – you are very welcome to come along.