Advent – for you!

Advent isn’t just for children or families with children – the calendars and candles and chocolates are great but it is also a time when we can take some time to prepare ourselves for Christmas. Each year I try to find something that will help me get my head and my heart ready. I love Christmas baking and craft but I still need to focus on the coming of Jesus. Last year I bought, ‘Good News of Great Joy’ by John Piper; 25 devotional readings for advent that help us prepare for Christmas by putting Jesus at the centre of Christmas.

The book is available as a free download – click here to go to the website.

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Let’s make some time for a cuppa, a chocolate biscuit (optional!) and an advent reading a day as we look forward to this Christmas.

Palm Sunday – Palm leaf craft

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Easter is nearly here! In toddler group we have been learning about being ‘Wonderfully made’ and have already talkied about our mouths that shout, whisper and taste’ and our ears that can ‘hear shouts and whispers’. The Bible story that we are using to develop this is the Palm Sunday story that we read in Luke 19:29-40, Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, John 12:12-15. In these accounts people shouted ‘Hosanna!’ and everyone heard. The story will be told simply and the children will be encouraged to shout ‘Hosanna’ in the appropiate places!

The above craft is palm leaf shapes for the children to decorate using chalk, felt tip and wax crayons. I prefer wax crayons rather than the plastic variety as they blend and make a better mark on the paper.

The word Hosanna means ‘Save please’ and also ‘Salvation has come.’ Take a look at what John Piper has to say about Hosanna!