Preparation for Advent - 22 November

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Advent at St Mary’s Bromley

for Children and Young People and their Families

 

               17th December in Preparation for the 4th Sunday in Advent

Next Sunday the 4th candle will be lit in St Mary’s. The focus will be on LOVE. The greatest of the commandments tells us to love our God and to love each other as we would love ourselves.

This week can you make your candle look extra special? Maybe use some glitter.

Now we have some very special things to tell you if you are coming to the Zoom Nativity.

(If you haven’t got the invitation and Zoom joining details yet email admin@stmarys-bromley.org.uk giving your first name and surname by 3 p.m. Friday 18th December.)


1. Have you made an Advent ring, some stars, some sheep, some angels and a stable? If you have, keep them in a safe place until next Sunday.
2. Never mind if you have not had time because you can dress up as a shepherd, an angel, Mary, Joseph or an inn keeper. Your costumes can be very simple or very grand. Whatever you like.
3. As part of our worship please have to hand a cross (it can be a paper one), a Bible and a candle (and matches if it is going to be lit).
4. Join us on Zoom at 3 p.m. or just before.
5. We look forward to you joining us for a time of worship to sing, pray, act, hear a story and have a look at what you are wearing and have made.
6. SO DO BE SURE TO JOIN US ON ZOOM ON SUNDAY 20TH DECEMBER 3PM


St Mary’s Sunday Clubs

 

 

                                        13th December 3rd Sunday in Advent

Today is the 3rd Sunday in Advent and the 3rd candle is lit. This candle represents JOY. I wonder what you think of when you think of joy?

Do you feel joy when you receive a big birthday present, or a new pair of the latest trainers or maybe you felt joy when you saw your Nan or Granddad again after lockdown or maybe you felt joy when you saw your new brother or sister for the first time.

Joy can be experienced in very small simple acts like a smile, a hug, a setting sun.

I wonder what gives you joy? Colour in or write JOY on your 3rd candle today

This week we are going to ask you to make an angel or a stable.

Angels are messengers from God and do you know the name of the angel who took the message to Mary to tell her that she was to be a mum?

This week’s craft is making an angel or a stable or both.


Click on one of the links below if you would like to make an angel for our Zoom Nativity.


Or maybe you would like to build a model stable from a cardboard box or building bricks or something else. This can be designed exactly as you would like it to look. Don’t forget to leave room for the animals!!


 

Angel Crafts

https://www.dltk-kids.com/bible/angels/mconeangel.htm

https://www.dltk-kids.com/bible/angels/mshapesangel.htm

https://www.dltk-kids.com/bible/mhandsangel.html

To receive an invitation and the Zoom joining details for St Mary’s Church, Bromley, Zoom Nativity on Sunday 20th December 2020 at 3 pm, please email admin@stmarys-bromley.org.uk giving your first name and surname before Friday 18th December.

 

                          6th December 2nd Sunday in Advent

Today the second Advent candle was lit in St Mary’s.  Would you like to write on your second candle PEACE as today we are focusing on peace as we look forward to the arrival of Jesus, the Prince of Peace?  We need peace in our lives, our homes, our families, our church and our world.   Could you say a prayer asking for peace?

Maybe you could colour each letter of PEACE in a different colour.

This week we are going to tell you how to make sheep for our Zoom Nativity.

Sheep feature a great deal in the Bible. Jesus told stories about sheep and he was described as the “Lamb of God”.  An important character in the Old Testament was a shepherd who was also a writer of songs and poems. Who was that?

Luke tells us in his gospel that at the time of the birth of Jesus there were shepherds in the fields keeping watch over their sheep.  There is a Christmas carol about shepherds and sheep.  I expect you can find many more examples.

So, if you would like to make a sheep or a flock of sheep follow the links below.

 

 

 

Sheep Craft

https://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/m-circle-lamb.htm

https://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mhprintlamb.htm

https://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mlambmask.htm

https://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/simple_origami_lamb.htm

 

To receive an invitation and the Zoom joining details for St Mary’s Church, Bromley, Zoom Nativity on Sunday 20th December 2020 at 3 pm, please email admin@stmarys-bromley.org.uk giving your first name and surname before Friday 18th December.

 

More Advent news next week

 


                              29th November 1st Sunday in Advent


If you saw St Mary’s live streamed service today you might have noticed that the colour on the altar was purple. Did you see the colour purple anywhere else?


Were you able to find out why last Sunday is often called Stir Up Sunday?


It started back in Victorian times when families traditionally came together to make their Christmas puddings and all members would take a turn to give the mixture a good stir. It is thought that the name comes from the opening line of a prayer that was read in church on the Sunday before Advent which started “Stir up we beseech thee, O Lord”.


Did anyone hear it last Sunday?


Today the first candle was lit on the Advent ring. Have you made yours? If so, you may like to write on your first candle the word HOPE because the first Sunday in Advent is all about hope. Maybe you can write or colour in the letters in purple.


The next craft item for you to make in preparation for our Zoom Nativity is a star or lots of stars.

                             You can find out how to make them by following the links below.

 

Free Christmas Stars Cliparts, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on  Clipart Library

Star Craft


https://www.dltk-holidays.com/xmas/3dstar.htm


https://www.dltk-kids.com/world/japan/morigamistar.htm


Additional Advent Craft Idea


www.sweetdistance.com/traveltips/how-to-make-danish-braided-christmas-heart-decorations


When you have made your stars keep them in a safe place because you will need them on 20th December at 3pm.


                              More Advent news next week

 

22nd November Preparation for Advent 

 

Advent is a season of expectation and preparation but what are we preparing for?
Christmas of course and the coming of Jesus to the world.


The liturgical colours at St Mary’s change to purple during Advent and an Advent ring/ wreath will appear with 5 candles.
These changes will take place on 29th November which is the first Sunday in Advent.
This is the Sunday when the first candle will be lit.

 

For the next 4 weeks we will be giving you some craft ideas of things to make in preparation for our Zoom Nativity on Sunday 20th December at 3pm.
 

Today if you would like to make your own Advent Ring in preparation for Advent then you are invited to follow the link here

Advent Ring – Salt Dough
https://brightandbusykids.com/creative-diy-dough-advent-wreath/

 

Additional Advent Craft Activities


Advent Candle paper craft
https://www.dltk-holidays.com/xmas/mpaperadvent.htm
https://www.looktohimandberadiant.com/2014/11/kids-advent-wreath-free-printables.html
Candle Craft
https://www.beafunmum.com/2011/12/paper-candle-toilet-roll/
Candle Colouring Pages
https://coloring.ws/christmas8.htm

 

More Advent news next week