WELCOME to the Purbeck Deanery’s blog for Children’s and Young People’s leaders, for sharing ideas and experience in providing ministry for young people and their families in our communities. We hope you’ll find something interesting and useful here as together we work to communicate God’s love to a new generation.

Please pray for this ministry – may God bless you for your interest.

John Wood, Rural Dean of Purbeck

"Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us that we must become like children in order to enter God’s kingdom, and you took children in your arms to bless them; guide us as we work to bring your special blessing to the young people in our communities in Purbeck; through your Spirit, give us wisdom to know how to do this; give us strength to undertake the task; give us compassion and a caring heart to reach out with your love, that your kingdom may grow and all rejoice in your blessing; for your glory’s sake. Amen"

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Empty Stable at Wool

Do you remember the year Amy our oldest member, then 92, accompanied by the youngest child in church, carried the baby Jesus to the crib? There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

With falling numbers and less regular attendance, our Sunday School nativity play was no longer viable. We needed a re-think, so a couple of years ago we scrapped the play and developed the Crib and Communion Service as a way of rounding off the term for the children and retaining their involvement in the main communion service on the last Sunday before Christmas.

All the children, both Sunday School regulars and visitors, are invited to be a part of the procession bringing the crib figures forward during the singing of a suitable carol. 

The nativity play costumes are available for those who would like to dress up and members of the Sunday School team sort out costumes, allocate figures, guide the children round the church and receive the figures to place them in the stable. 

If there aren’t enough children, then we co-opt the grown ups, some more enthusiastically than others but no one has said no, and once involved they love it too. We use an all-age communion format as the framework for the service, but it could work with any form that is child-friendly.

This year it takes place again at The Church of the Holy Rood, Wool on Sunday 23rd December at 10.00am.   For more information contact Rhona Floate, 01929 462215, vicar@holyroodwool.org

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