100 primary aged school children visited St. Andrew’s and St. Mark’s church in Newbiggin by the sea for a very special Christmas journey; which took them to the very core of what Christmas means.
In a series of designed areas the children were transported from the comfort of a present day lounge to Mary’s kitchen, the starlit hillside with shepherds, into the stable, and met the travellers from afar. To complete the trip in time they arrived back into the comfy lounge to think deeper about what the real message of Christmas is.
It was clear to all of us who were invited to visit, this was a very interesting visit enjoyed by children and teachers alike. As the warmth and hospitality to be found in this church overflowed to their many visitors, during juice and biscuits, the children were very keen to share their thoughts on the experience which ranged from ‘great’, to ‘Now I understand more’.
I wonder how a donkey, lamb, horse and cow fitted so well into the stable and still found room to dance amazing! Each child departed with a top of the range goodie bag that contained more items for them to share with family members sharing the wonderful message further. This was outreach and mission at it’s very best.
My thanks to the great team of volunteers and the churches together clergy team who all gave time to inspire young minds what a wonderful gift to offer this Christmas.
If any group may feel inspired to take a lead on this venture next year you can find out more from the Book The Christmas Journey – by Moira Curry and Gill Morgan published by Barnabas Bible Reading Fellowship price £7.99 or contact me and I will be very happy to guide you through the planning and preparation stages which need to begin in September.
Synod Children’s Work Advisor