Field Notes – 28/11/T
The first Sunday of advent is coming up fast. If you’re looking for some children’s talks to do in church over Christmas here’s a 4 part series I did on Why celebrate advent? and a list of all the Christmas themed children’s talks I’ve done over the years.
I’m planning this year to do another series of children’s talks over the four Sundays of advent looking at what the different Gospel writers say should be our response to Christmas.
Looking for a nativity play for the children to do at your family service this Christmas?
You can download the script for it HERE.
“The books on my shelf speak to me.”
Books can speak truth, lead us to pray and worship, share with us a greater knowledge of Scripture and offer insight into living a godly life.
1) Pick up a Book: “Whether you buy, download or borrow – you need to get your hands on great books.”
2) Have a Conversation with the Author: “When I begin reading a good book, I shed ink across the page like a wounded soldier in the midst of a battle. I want to leave my books bloody or be left bloody by the work of the book.”
3) Reflect, Apply and Discuss: “Don’t just read a book; listen to it. Reflect on what the author is claiming, arguing or asking… Attempt to apply to what you found most helpful… Talk to your friends about the book you are reading.”
“My shelves are full of mentors – faithful friends who never replace the community of the local church, but serve to supplement my growth as a I participate in the family of God.”
Why I blog
- … to write
- … to teach
- … to recommend
- … to interact
- … to develop an eye for what is meaningful
- … to be known [not in fame sense, but so your congregation gets to know you]
I’d go along with these!
“Preaching is not discussing or explaining something with the tone and tenor of a fireside chat. The “herald” is the town crier that speaks with the forceful tone of “hear ye, hear ye.”
In other words, the herald made his proclamation with a rousing “attention-grabbing noise” that could not be ignored.”