Mrs Stothard’s Sunday School

As we come to the end of what has been a very difficult and challenging year for everyone, our much loved Bishop’s Visitor, Mrs. Stothard, and the wonderful Reverend Gabel, share the Christmas Story and words of reflection with us, this Christmas Eve.

 

Trust Forgiveness Peace Thankfulness Compassion  Friendship Love Hope Perserverance

 

 

The Christmas Story

 
Once long ago, God sent the angel Gabriel to a small town in Galilee named Nazareth. Gabriel had an important message for a girl called Mary.

“Peace be with you,” Gabriel said softly. “The Lord God has sent me with a special message for you.” “Soon you will be the mother of a baby boy and you will call him Jesus.”

“How can this be?” asked Mary.

“God can do anything if you trust him. He will look after you and the baby.”

Now Mary was engaged to a man called Joseph, a carpenter. That night Joseph had a dream that an angel was talking to him. So Joseph trusted God and married Mary.

At that time the Roman Emperor Augustus issued a decree that everyone had to travel to the place where they were born to register. Joseph’s home town was Bethlehem so they had to make the long journey there. The journey took a long time so it was night by the time they arrived and Mary was very tired. Joseph searched the whole of Bethlehem for a place for them to sleep, but all the inns were full. At the last place the innkeeper, seeing how tired Mary was, felt very sorry for her. So he showed them to a stable and said they could stay there. It was warm and dry and the animals were friendly.

That very night Mary gave birth to a baby boy. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in the manger.

This story is the true meaning of Christmas.

Wishing you all a very happy and wonderful Christmas.

Lots of love Mrs. Stothard xxx

 

A few words from Reverend Lee Gabel

Sunday School reflection 24th December 2020

 

Now light one thousand Christmas lights
on dark earth here tonight
One thousand, thousand also shine
to make the dark sky bright

Oh, once when skies were starry bright
in a stable cold and bare
Sweet Mary bore a son that night
a child both kind and fair

He came to bring us love and light
to bring us peace on earth
so let your candles shine tonight
and sing with joy and mirth

People needed light, warmth, and hope to get them through the winter months and through this difficult end to 2020. It has been a challenging year so this year we can use our Christmas lights to lift the spirits and give hope in dark times.

It is in Northern Europe, in our dark corner of the world, that the great images of Christmas appear, the Holly and the Ivy, the rising of the sun and the running of the deer; the first tree in the green wood, Christ bringing light into the world, Christ being the promise of light in darkness.

At the heart of Christmas is the promise of light “true light, which enlightens everyone”. “What has come into being in him was life and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it”.

Light becomes the symbol of Christ who brings light into the world, who brings light into the darkness of the night, who enlightens us and blazes the way to the Father.

I hope you enjoy this Christmas and in it you find comfort and hope. I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Rev Lee.