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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 13 Dec 2017

The readings for this week focus our attention again on the coming of Christ, prophesied in the Old Testament, announced by John the Baptist, and anticipated by those who await his final return in glory. The pastoral impact of each passage is to direct our attention to the Lord God himself, who alone can save and sanctify us.

In this short video, Lee Gatiss explains the lectionary readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Year B): Isaiah 61:1-4 and 8-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, and John 1:6-8 and 19-28.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 12 Dec 2017

Ros Clarke collects together some of the best resources for Christians at Christmas.

Nativity plays
James Cary (The God Particle, A Monk’s Tale) has written THREE different nativity plays, suitable for use in churches, as well as two puppet sketches and two Christmas readings available in The Christmas Collection.

I wrote a Nativity play set on Twitter a few years ago: The Natwivity.

This Nativity play from Tearfund has options for narrated or dialogue versions.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 11 Dec 2017

Ros visits an Operation Christmas Child warehouse and talks to Helen Buckley, author of Christmas books for young children.

Many of us will pack Christmas shoeboxes every year for Operation Christmas Child.. On this week’s podcast, Ros finds out a bit more about how they end up in the hands of children around the world. The podcast also features Helen Buckley, children’s worker at St Stephen’s and St Wulstan’s, Birmingham, and author of several books for very young children.

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