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The real meaning of Christmas

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 01 Nov 2017

Welcome to Cindy Banek, who has joined the Regional Coordinator network and will be praying for and supporting the Messy Churches in Virginia, USA.

Another welcome, this time to Hannah Tarring, who is going to support the Messy Churches in Wiltshire. Thank you for the encouragement you give to us at BRF! As Lucy and Martyn return from the Messy Church conferences in the USA and Canada, we pray that their visits may lead to many new Messy Church registrations and therefore a growing network of Messy Regional Coordinators in the States. We thank Roberta, Nicole, Julie and Cindy for all they are doing to try and support this huge country.

As shops and stores cram Christmas goods on to their shelves and displays, we wonder how many shoppers know the real meaning of Christmas. Some Messy Churches have arranged Messy Nativity Sheep Trails in their communities, finding that families enjoy hunting for sheep and discovering the sheep names and taking home the Christmas story. I don’t need to tell you how creative Messy Churches can be but, after trying sheep trails, some Messy Churches have created Easter trails, fish or icthus trails, and we are hearing about angel and star trails (Star Trek?) being organised this Advent. Let us know what you are doing. Post photos on our Facebook and Instagram social media. Tweet your trails and share the real meaning of Christmas.

As a reminder of the many Christmas resources and ideas that are available, why not revisit our long list of helpful Christmas links which we created for you last year. I have just added more to the Messy Pinterest board.

A brand new resource is the Messy Christingle 2017, partnering with the Children’s Society. This resource focuses on the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary – yes, angels again! Use it at any time of the year!