St John's Church



Team Rector: Rev. Margaret Sherwin


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Messy Church - December 2016

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Imagine that you are God, thinking about how you will give human being the best possible life. Do you

•Stay in heaven or

•Become a baby and be born on earth


At Christmas we remember that over 2000 years ago, Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger (Luke 2:7)

You can read all the Christmas story at

Luke – Chapters 1:5 - 80 & Chapter 2: 1 -40

A Christmas Prayer

Lord God, thank you for the special message the angel gave to Mary. Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus into the world. Thank you that Jesus is Emmanuel – God with us. Please help us to keep Jesus at the heart of all our celebrations this Christmas. Amen

"Is there a purpose? Why are we here?"

A little boy asked as the yuletide drew near.

"I really do hope that someday I will know

the reason we stand out here in the snow,

ringing this bell as people walk by,

while thousands of snowflakes

descend from the sky."


The mother just smiled at her shivering son

who would rather be playing and having some fun

but soon would discover before evening was done

the meaning of Christmas

the very first one.


The young boy exclaimed, "Mother where does it go?"

"All the pennies we collect - every year in the snow."

"Why do we do it? Why do we care?"

"We worked for these pennies,

so why should we share?"


"Because once a baby - so meek and so mild

was born in a manger - so humble the child

the son of a King - was born in this way

to give us the message

He carried that day.


"The present God gave the world on that night,

was the gift of his son to make everything right.

Why did he do it? Why did he care?

To teach about loving

and how we should share."


"The meaning of Christmas, you see my dear son,

is not about presents or just having fun

but the gift of a father - his own precious Son

so the world would be saved

when his work was all done"


Now the little boy smiled - with a tear in his eye

as snowflakes kept falling from out of the sky -

rang louder the bell as the people walked by

while down deep in his heart

at last he knew why.