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Advent Adventure 15

Gabriel's Story continues

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There’s a special place where I like to sit and watch the world go by. It’s a cloud on the far side of heaven where I can get a good view of planet earth. I like to watch the people go about their business. My […]

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Advent Adventure 14

Mary's story continues

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Phew! I’m glad that’s over! I don’t think I can cope with any more visits from the aunties for – well, probably a year. It begins before they’re even through the door. Oh Mary, they say. You look dreadful. And then the whirlwind starts in […]

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Advent Adventure 13

The Wise Man's Story

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My poor camels. I’m really not very good at packing light. I knew we should’ve trusted the star. The camels looked like they needed a rest too. But we were nearly at Jerusalem and it made sense that our new-born king would be found there. […]

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Advent

Why is it so special to Christians?

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In this blog, Christianna explains what makes advent such a special time for her: “Christmas seems to get earlier every year. This year, I noticed the Christmas range on the shelves of my local supermarket on November 1st. It was as if the manager had […]

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Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child

What is Operation Christmas Child?

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  Samaritan’s Purse founded by Bob Pierce an evangelist and journalist with Youth For Christ aims to help the world’s poor and marginalised. The charity’s vision is based on the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament when after sharing the story of the Good Samaritan, […]

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Advent Calendars

Where did they start and how can an advent calendar with a difference be used?

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One December a mother cut a cake into 24 pieces and put them onto a piece of cardboard. Her little boy got to eat one piece each day until Christmas.That little boy grew up to be a printer. He always remembered what his mother had […]

Advent Adventure 12

The Servant's Story

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Advent Adventure 12

The Servant's Story

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People often ask me, what’s the most important thing you’ve learnt since you came to work in the palace? And I always tell them: to duck. King Herod – well, he likes to throw things. And he’s a good shot. If he’s just a bit […]

Advent Adventure 11

The Wife's Story

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Advent Adventure 11

The Wife's Story

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Mother always told me, marry a man with his feet on the ground. Trust me to find one with his head in the clouds. Or rather, the stars. Goodness but that man can drive me to distraction sometimes! He will spend hours – literally hours […]

Advent Adventure 10

The Shepherd's Story

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Advent Adventure 10

The Shepherd's Story

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At first I wondered if it was a dream. We’re up all night and I’ve been known to nod off before. Or p’raps I’d gotten the wrong end of the stick. Lord knows I’m not the brightest tool at the picnic. Not that there was […]

Advent Adventure 9

The Sheep's Story

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Advent Adventure 9

The Sheep's Story

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They say that sheep are daaaaft. Well, none more so than my cousin, Baaaarney. He’s been in every pickle imaginable. Trapped by wolves, lions and baaandits. Stuck up every hill and in every river in ten miles of Bethlehem. And then just getting himself plain […]

Advent Adventure 8

The Angel's Story continues

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Advent Adventure 8

The Angel's Story continues

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I know what you’re thinking. Who ever heard of an angel that can’t sing? Well, it’s not the tune that’s the problem. Mum always said I had a sweeter voice than the Archangel Michael himself. It’s the words. They just fly out of my brain […]

Advent Adventure 7

The Horse's Story

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Advent Adventure 7

The Horse's Story

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At first I thought it was the chickens playing a practical joke. After all, they’re always up to some kind of mischief. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve woken up to find my shoes clean gone from my hooves. You know the expression […]