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Category: Yorkshire

Paper Chain Prayers

At the Christmas Rock Mass we prayed for Jesus to bring light into the dark situations around the world and in our lives.  I bought a couple of paper chain making kits from eBay.  With suitable music playing, people wrote their prayers on the back of their links and added them to the chain.  It was really powerful as our prayers joined together and we all gathered around the altar together.  We all took a glow stick (or many as some of our kids saw fit) and made bracelets to symbolise the light of Christ entering into the world.  Then the president brought all of the prayers together at the end and offered them before God as they were placed around the crib scene.

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Yes, that’s Richie Sambora on the telly.

Nursery Rhyme Christingle

The Nursery Rhyme Mass is one of the most interesting developments in sacramental ministry with children that I’ve come across.  Fr Simon and other contributors like Mtr Leah have been using familiar tunes to engage the young and old with the sacraments.

I haven’t yet had time to be able to incorporate a regular worship event like this myself.  However, our annual Christingle service is the perfect occasion for something like it. I discovered a book called Nursery Rhyme Nativities on Amazon and looked through it.  It’s great if you are putting on a Nativity Play but we build the crib during the service.  We had to pick and choose bits from different parts of the book.  We rewrote a few bits of it here and there to improve the scan of the lyrics.

I combine a knitted nativity set and a last supper set to give a big gang of Magi in one part of the church and shepherds in another.  Mary and the angel Gabriel start in one corner and Joseph in another.  Children run around the church finding the characters as we place them under the altar and recount the history of our faith.

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Our service was also Star Wars Themed but that came through the use of videos, building a life sized Sith Lord, playing with lightsabers and the sermon.

Christingle 2015

Welcome

Carol – Come and Join the Celebration

Find Mary and Angel – Tell our story

Mary’s Song – To The Tune of London Bridge
The angel came to Mary’s home,
Mary’s home, Mary’s home.
The angel came to Mary’s home,
In the morning.

Mary wondered why he came,
Why he came, why he came.
Mary wondered why he came,
In the morning

The Lord our God has chosen you,
Chosen you, chosen you.
The Lord our God has chosen you,
This fine morning

You’ll be mother to his son,
To his son, to his son.
You’ll be mother to his son,
Precious baby.

He will lead us back to God,
Back to God, back to God.
He will lead us back to God,
Precious baby.

Let it happen as you say,
As you say, as you say.
Let it happen as you say,
Mary whispers.

Find Joseph – Tell our story

Hymn – O Little Town of Bethlehem

Lullaby – To The Tune of Frere Jaque
Baby’s sleeping, baby’s sleeping,
In the straw, in the straw.
Angel’s promise keeping,
Angel’s promise keeping,
Son of God,
Son of God.

Baby’s sleeping, baby’s sleeping,
In the straw, in the straw.
Joseph now is peeping,
Joseph now is peeping,
Full of joy, full of joy.

Baby’s sleeping, baby’s sleeping,
In the straw, in the straw.
Mary now is weeping,
Mary now is weeping,
Tears of Joy,
Tears of Joy.

Carol – See Him Lying in a Bed of Straw

Reading – Luke 2

Find Shepherds – Tell our story

The Shepherds’ Song Part 1 – To The Tune of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
Shepherds go down to Bethlehem,
Bethlehem, Bethlehem,
Shepherds go down to Bethlehem,
On Christmas day in the morning.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem,
Bethlehem, Bethlehem,
Jesus was born in Bethlehem,
On Christmas day in the morning.

The shepherds found Jesus in Bethlehem,
Bethlehem, Bethlehem,
The shepherds found Jesus in Bethlehem,
On Christmas day in the morning.

They worshipped the baby in Bethlehem,
Bethlehem, Bethlehem,
They worshipped the baby in Bethlehem,
On Christmas day in the morning.

Carol – Silent Night

Take Shepherds back to the hillside – Tell our story

The Shepherds’ Song Part 2
Back to the hills near Bethlehem,
Bethlehem, Bethlehem,
Back to the hills near Bethlehem,
On Christmas day in the morning.

Find The Magi – Tell our story

The Magi’s Song – To The Tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Lead the wise men from afar,
Up above the sky so bright,
Letting in the heavenly light.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Now we know just where you are.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Stable door is now ajar.
Up above the sky so bright,
Letting in the heavenly light.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Now we know just where you are.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Magi bring gifts from afar,
Up above the sky so bright,
Letting in the heavenly light.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Now we know just where you are.

Silent Night Video

Sermon – The Light of the World vs The Dark Side

Take the Magi away to the east end.  Tell of Mary, Joseph and Jesus fleeing to Egypt as refugees – Tell our story

Prayers

The Lord’s Prayer

Song – Sing Christingle
Give Out Christingles
Song – Mary’s Lullaby (Away in a Manger)

This is a post in itself.

Glow Sticks to Take Into the World

Blessing
May the joy of the angels,
The eagerness of the shepherds,
The perseverance of the Magi,
The obedience of Mary and Joseph
And the peace of the Christ Child
Be yours this Christmas,
And the blessing…

Carol – Come and Join the Celebration

After coffee during which the kids were playing, this had happened!

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The News

It has been a week of strange experiences.  I mentioned in passing to our lovely local journalists that I was involved in a service at Dewsbury Minster called the “Rock Mass”.  Obviously we have done a few of these before but this time it seems to have legs.  Something to do with it being in a “Minster” and something about it being a “diocesan event”.  I talked with our lovely local journalist for a whole three minutes whilst she wrote everything down in short hand.

Last night I discovered that our paper had a massive pic of me in it and a half page article about the event.  I was a little shocked at how much it focussed on me (I’m shy).  For our local paper this makes sense as the Rock Mass isn’t happening here.  For the people who live here I am the curio.  The Dewsbury paper has a preview of the event in todays issue and it is very much about the event.

Yesterday, I received a phone call from the Dewsbury Reporter asking if they could do a photo shoot for the event.  Could I bring my motorbike down?

The next thing I knew, I was riding a Harley into the Minster and plonking it in the centre aisle.

That is a sentence I never thought I’d be writing!!  I’ll link you to the proper photo when it has been published.