Jenny's Jottings for January 2017

by Jenny Mossman  |  Posted at 03:00am on 14th January 2017

Jenny's Jottings

Happy New Year! And welcome to the first Jenny's Jottings of 2017.

I hope you all had a lovely time over Christmas and that you managed to have some peace and time to relax. Here's is just a reminder of some of the things that happened with the children and families in the run up to Christmas.

It's always lovely to be with Tots in December. One of our highlights was coming in to church and looking at all the lovely trees. The children and grown-ups were delighted to see the angels we had made, hanging on the Tots' tree. Story and song-time was in the church and we heard about baby Jesus, we sang lots of Christmas songs and learnt how Christmas is the biggest birthday party in the world. For our last session of 2016 we had our Tots party and wore our sheep and camel hats that we made at craft time.

Little Fishes, Dolphins and Lantern Fish did a variety of things from thinking about Baby Jesus to watching a nativity DVD. Ignite had a great time making a gingerbread nativity and on the Sunday before Christmas the children did the 'Pop-Up Nativity' for the Family Carol service.

Ben and I have had a wonderful time in our Schools. We have taken the St

Andrew's day Eucharist at AESG, we've talked about Christmas Joy and asked the question 'Who's Birthday is it?'

Breakout is going from strength to strength. These days we meet every second week and we still have newcomers and a regular core group of 10+ children. Breakout along with Dolphins, Lantern Fish and Ignite did a wonderful Nativity themed tree for our festival. Contributions also came from children in the community who coloured in nativity characters during the Light Switch-on.

Christingle was another great chance to meet the children and families in the community along with Guides, Brownies and Rainbows, Beavers and Cubs. We had an interesting evening exploring Silent Night - with a drum! - and we had a chat about 'heavenly peace' and what does it actually mean.

Carols Round the Trees was also our Carols from around the world. We had a mixture of well-known and unusual carols - including an Australian version of Jingle Bells. We chose our songs around the themes of hope, joy, peace and love.

Toy Service: Ben and I also had a wonderful time leading a toy Service at Mottram St Andrew's. We had lots of little ones helping out with story-time and we collected so many toys for the children at Wood Street Mission. On Christmas Eve - after journeying all around Alderley and beyond - our Knitted Nativity arrived back at church in the Posada service. We thought about different families at Christmas, heard a story about a really grumpy Innkeeper and welcomed back the Posada. After making sure that everything was ready for Baby Jesus, we left the service excited and full of expectation.

And so here we are in 2017 which will no doubt be full of challenges, promises and change - very exciting. Please would you continue to pray for our children and the work of the helpers and leaders in the church as well as Ben and I as we all start the New Year with all its excitement and surprises!

Every blessing for 2017

Jenny x

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