Experience Christmas 2021
Some of you might have already taken part in this lovely learning experience aimed at primary school children in Years 3 & 4.
We are exploring the possibility of hosting this for some of our local schools from Monday 6th – Friday 10th December in St Thomas’s Church but all this depends on having enough volunteers from both churches.
There are 2 sessions per day (except Wednesday as there is a service at 10.30 am) and during the session the children visit 5 “stations” in various parts of the church. With the adults they explore:
- Advent: Advent wreath and getting ready,
- Mary’s House at Nazareth
- The Road to Bethlehem - a big map
- The Shepherds on the hillside
- The Palace of the three wise men.
- All come together to discuss what we have learnt – and have a sing!
To be successful (and safe) at least 3 volunteers are needed for each station on the various days. If you are interested, feel you would like to be involved or you would like to know more; please speak to Nick, Cath or Richard.
PS If it goes well perhaps we might explore the possibility of “Experience Easter 2022” at St Paul’s.
List of Props
- ADVENT: Preparation & getting ready.
Giant Advent Crown made with evergreen swags into which are placed 5 large church candles: three purple/ 1 pink / 1 white. For display For the children to handle an Advent calendar (s), ingredients to make an Advent Crown:
- 5 candles as above,
- open pine cones,
- short strips of red lametta (foil strands)
- MARY’S HOUSE: The Announcement.
As the children gather around the station they look for clues which point to who might live here. Simple rustic table,
- wooden chair,
- hessian sacks,
- crock of flour,
- pot of salt,
- earthenware jugs
- THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM: The Journey
- A floor map of the route from Nazareth to Bethlehem,
- Figures of Mary, Joseph & donkey from a Crib set.
- A scroll on which is printed the story (see Richard)
- THE HILLSIDE: The Message
As the children sit around the abandoned log fire, ask them to look for clues to help them guess who might have been in this place:
- pile of logs (partially burnt),
- sheep’s wool,
- plants, blankets,
- leather sandals,
- shepherd’s crook,
- a half-eaten platter of pitta bread,
- cheese and figs.
- Animal skin rugs,
- small Christmas cards.
- THE PALACE: The Promises.
- Black cloth with gold stars attached,
- treasure box (containing chocolate coins),
- jar of myrrh (perfumed ointment)
- thurible (frankincense)
- feather quill pens,
- ancient maps,
- collection of coloured gift boxes,
- promise box containing scrolls (on which are written promises about Jesus found in the Bible),
- THE PLENARY “The Gift”
- Crib with Baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes, surrounded by a circle of lit night lights, the outer circle has the words “THE GIFT” in capital letters repeated all the way around. Play an instrumental version of “In the Bleak mid-winter” quietly whilst the children gather around and sit at this station.