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The Third Week of Advent – Getting Ready

December 12, 2015

Theme for the week - Getting Ready

Prayer for the week

Côd ein hysprydoedd llipa â newyddion am dy ddyfod fel y bydd euogrwydd ac ofn yn codi fel tarth y bore bach ac y bydd gobaith yn cael ei gynneu yn y bywydau mwyaf unig

Cheer our drooping spirits with news of your coming so that guilt and fear are lifted like the early morning mist and hope is kindled in the loneliest of lives.

This prayer by David Jenkins is taken from Seasons of Glory published by Churches Together in Wales ©Cytûn: Churches Together in Wales 1997 with the kind permission of Cytûn.

Story & Video

Spoken Word “Christmas is supposed to be a precious time of year spent with loved ones – dragging Christmas trees out of garden stores, Michael Buble on repeat and pretending you don’t know who your secret Santa is.” That’s Dai Woolridge’s introduction to his Spoken Word Christmas video. Dai asks where Christmas fits into a world so full of terror and he brings those words of Jesus into a seasonal focus, “Do not be afraid”. “  ‘Don’t be afraid’ is the softly spoken sentence behind the scenes of the nativity” says Dai. “What’s on earth in Jesus’ birth, holds for all eternal worth”. Dai, who lives in South Wales, is a writer and performer.

Advent Carol for the week

Praetoruis: Come, thou Redeemer of the Earth, sung by King’s College Choir, Cambridge  

Recipe

Gingerbread
  • 300g / 10oz         plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons       ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons       ground cinnamon
  • 125g/4oz soft brown sugar
  • 125g/4oz butter
  • 350g/ 12oz golden syrup
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 150ml/1/4 pint water
  • 2 pieces preserved ginger, sliced, to decorate (optional)
Sieve all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Place the butter and syrup in a pan (or microwave in a bowl) and heat gently until melted, and then add the eggs and water. If using a food processor, pour the liquid ingredients down the feed tube, with the motor running, and process until well mixed. Turn into a lined and greased 25cm/ 10 inch square cake tin and bake in a moderate preheated oven 180◦c / gas 4, for 40 to 45 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Cut into squares and put a slice of ginger on each piece. From the Mothers’ Union chrildren corner 3

Children's Corner

My children are aged six and four. When they're in bed, I can indulge myself with a moment to craft something a bit more complicated. These 3D stars are a bit trickier to make than the salt dough last week, but they look fantastic once they are done, and older children will love making them. You can use these to decorate around the house, on a tree or as part of a nativity scene. There's a great tutorial here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iraWBwcOfU8Siân

Advent Events

Check out our events page for Advent and Christmas events around the Diocese. If you would like us to advertise any of your Advent events please send the details in to our vision email address: swanbrec.vision@churchinwales.org.uk.

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Advent Resources

If you would like to send in some of your useful Advent, Christmas or Epiphany resources then please email them to our vision email address: swanbrec.vision@churchinwales.org.uk. 'The Nativity' DVD - first shown on the BBC in December 2010, written by Eastenders scriptwriter Tony Jordan. You can see part of the show on Youtube by following this link. The full DVD can be purchased on Amazon. Posada - The idea of travelling crib sets comes from an old Mexican tradition. Posada was the tradition of young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelling from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus in the weeks leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Eve they would visit the local church to re-enact the nativity and place figures of Mary and Joseph in a crib. Modern day Posada uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph who travel from place to place. this gives each 'host' the chance to create their own celebration in their home or place in the community, worshipping and reaching out to their communities with the real message of Christmas, making room for Jesus in their lives. Xmas postbox Messy Church - Advent and Christmas: See a range of ideas (Advent Candles, Messy Nativity, Nativity Sheep Trails, The Gingerbread Nativity - and more) by visiting the Messy Church website. 'Talk Talk for Christmas and New Year'  is written by Lucy Moore and Jo Cox and produced by The Ugly Duckling Company. Table Talk is a game to get people talking about the big issues in life; the Christmas and New Year version is an all age resource. It costs £25 and is available from http://www.table-talk.org/ A free download is available for iPads/ phones etc - and you can watch a promotional video here https://vimeo.com/user1053431/tabletalkforchristmasadvert Here’s how to download the game: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/cg/app/table-talk-for-christmas/id903641900?mt=8 Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.theuglyducklingcompany.tabletalkforchristmas&hl=en_GB Books Haphazard by Starlight by Janet Morley – an anthology of poetry. http://www.spckpublishing.co.uk/product/haphazard-by-starlight/ Do Nothing… Christmas is Coming: An Advent Calendar with a Difference by Stephen Cottrell http://www.chpublishing.co.uk/authors/stephen-cottrell Love Life Live Advent Make Room for the Manger - An all-age resource to help children and families celebrate the run-up to Christmas. Authors: Paula GooderPeter Babington http://www.chpublishing.co.uk/books/9780715144411/love-life-live-advent-single-copy Poems Advent Calendar – a poem by Rowan Williams: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2005/dec/24/featuresreviews.guardianreview23 BC:AD by U A Fanthorpe: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/theweek/poetscorner/article483884.ece Llandrindod 2

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