Normally, we would be sending out our Travelling Cribs into each of your homes in order to help us to remember the real meaning of Christmas and to prepare for the birth of Christ.
We know that this is not possible this year. However, we are able to do this virtually! Below is a link for a “drag and drop” Nativity scene so that you can still do this in your homes with your families. If you prefer, you could use the other link to print out a manger scene to colour in.
Take a picture and email it to your teacher using the following email address: [email protected]
Once you have finished creating your Nativity scene, there is a short act of worship below that you could do with your family at home:
Notes for adults are in italic text.
Someone can start the prayer time by reading out loud:
Let’s think about this time of Advent
when we wait for the arrival of Jesus.
We wait with Christian people all over the world.
These weeks of Advent give us time to
prepare and think about Jesus and
all that he will bring to the world.
Lay out the cloth on which to set the figures and candle.
Light the candle and say:
God of life and love, we gather together, waiting for all the joys of
this holy season. This light reminds us of your life and light that
comes to us in Jesus.
Place figure of Mary on the cloth and say:
This is Mary who lived in a village called
Nazareth 2000 years ago. Because of
her great goodness God chose her to be
the Mother of Jesus. Mary trusted God
and said yes.
Place the figure of Joseph on the cloth and say:
This is Joseph, the husband of Mary. He was a carpenter and
engaged to be married to Mary when God asked him to be the
father of Jesus on earth. Joseph trusted God and said yes.
Place the manger and figure of Jesus on the cloth and say:
This is Jesus, Son of God, who came to earth to bring peace, love
and joy to all people. He was born in a simple place.
A manger was his bed.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
Glory to you, O Lord.
At that time, Augustus Caesar sent an order to all people in the countries that were under Roman rule. The order said that they must list their names in a register. This was the first registration taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to their own towns to be registered.
So Joseph left Nazareth, a town in Galilee. He went to the town of Bethlehem in Judea. This town was known as the town of David. Joseph went there because he was from the family of David. Joseph registered with Mary because she was engaged to marry him. (Mary was now pregnant.) While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have the baby. She gave birth to her first son. There were no rooms left in the inn. So she wrapped the baby with cloths and laid him in a box where animals are fed.
That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep. An angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and suddenly they became very frightened. The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, because I am bringing you some good news. It will be a joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born in David’s town. He is Christ, the Lord. This is how you will know him: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a feeding box.”
Then a very large group of angels from heaven joined the first angel. All the angels were praising God, saying:
“Give glory to God in heaven,
and on earth let there be peace to the people who please God.”
Then the angels left the shepherds and went back to heaven. The shepherds said to each other, “Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened. We will see this thing the Lord told us about.”
So the shepherds went quickly and found Mary and Joseph. And the shepherds saw the baby lying in a feeding box. Then they told what the angels had said about this child. Everyone was amazed when they heard what the shepherds said to them. Mary hid these things in her heart; she continued to think about them. Then the shepherds went back to their sheep, praising God and thanking him for everything that they had seen and heard. It was just as the angel had told them.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Please bless our home and family on this special night as we remember the journey to Bethlehem and how excited Mary and Joseph were that Jesus would soon be born. Help us to cherish this special time together and to remember the true meaning of Christmas.