Christmas Craft Workshop - October 2002
Methodist Church held a "Christmas Craft Workshop" in
the October half term school holidays. Three sessions took place
from 9.45-11.30am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday saw 72 children
attending (the Toddler Group held 2 extra sessions that week bringing
the overall total to 102 children).
The workshop was designed to be a 'modular' course so that even
if a child attended only once they would have learnt something about
the birth of Jesus.
Various visual aids were used including the photographs below.
sheep in this photo are well fed. This is of an orchard in Somerset
and this sheep had just eaten an apple.
The farms here have good weather for the apples, fruit and crops
to grow so the sheep have good lives. They never want for anything.
The picture below is of Harold Leece who is a Manx farmer living
in Greeba. He has been brought up with sheep all his life - he cares
for them and they love him. There are no snakes or lions around
so he can leave them here and they will be safe.
You couldn't leave them here in a desert like the picture below
though! The Shepherds had to protect them from snakes, wolves, and
lions (like in Bible times) - they never left them because they
could attack them at any time.
The Shepherds have to find food for them. That's why they have
tents to live in - these are made out of goat's hair. The Shepherds
drink the goat's and sheep's milk.
the way the Shepherds live with farmers like Harold - he has a warm
farmhouse to return to each night. In the Desert life is very hard.
Imagine how dark it would have been in these tents in this land.
In the east it gets so cold and dark; there are no lights out here!
Suddenly it was SO bright - brighter than a traffic light! The
Shepherds were woken up - they couldn’t believe it! The light
was so bright!
Shepherds are the poorest people in the world and God wanted them
to be the first people to know about Jesus. God is interested in
ordinary people like you and me. He wants you to care about Him
and to know Him for yourself.
is this? It is a picture of a desert. The Three Wise Men travelled
a very long way in a desert like this. So empty and cold and dark.
They would have travelled by camel. And it would have been a difficult
Here they are below - the Three Wise Men. Can you remember what
presents they brought to Jesus?
Three Wise Men were so happy here in the stable where Jesus was
BUT there was danger! Cruel King Herod was very jealous - he hated
the thought of Jesus being King and he wanted to kill Him.
So they had to go to Egypt and they needed money - just like chocolate
gold coins. Gold is the most precious thing in the world - but the
most precious thing YOU can give to Jesus is yourself.
On Thursday we were looking at the Three Wise Men and cruel King
Herod. Let us look at this king's robe and crown.
In Jesus' time there were no baby clothes, no blankets, coats,
buttons, and zips like we have today. No one had invented prams
or pushchairs either.
In the east, in Bethlehem, it is very cold at this time of year.
In the stable where Jesus was born it would have been cold even
with all the animals around Him.
would have been no running water, so Mary would have used oil to
clean Him instead of using water. Now we have Toby Crossley and
his mother Ruth to show us how this would have been done.
They also used a kind of 'talc'. This would have been made from
olive leaves ground down with a pestle and mortar like this one.
Myrrh was also used for putting on wounds.
We said there were no baby clothes - so what did they use? Well,
it would have been swaddling clothes made from strips of cloth like
these. The cloaks here would have become too old and so would have
been cut into strips.
Jesus was a baby just like Toby and his mother showed just how
Mary would have put these on Jesus for his clothes.
Jesus came into the world like Toby and He has gone through all
the things we go through - in our family, in school, things that
happen in our lives. He can be our Friend as He has gone through
Our prayer is:
We thank You for sending Your Son because You loved us so much.
We know You became like us and lived our lives.
Help us to know with You as our Friend that we will never be
on our own.
Help us to start again with You as our Friend and King.