Something For The New Christian In Your Life?

Going to Church can be a confusing experience for a new Christian. There are so many questions, such has: When do you stand? How much Communion wine is to much Communion Wine? And what do all those words mean?

Order this tape series for The New Christian in your life, and help them understand the Christian life this Christmas*!

*Tape series may not exist, but I cant help but think there should be an actually at least be a podcast or something.

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The Lego Star Wars Christmas Story. (The Full Version)

A Long Time Ago On A Sofa Far Far Away…

… well a couple of years ago…

There was a collection of Easter / Passion stories told on Twitter under the banner of #EasterLive (hosted by Share Creative), which the The Church Sofa joined in with… and well… we decided to try and be different. What would happen if the Rebel Alliance, and the Empire decided to put aside their differences for one moment, and put on an Easter play? How would that go?

Since then the Lego men have discussed a sequel.

Let me please present:

The Lego Star Wars Christmas Story.

 

A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy far Far Away…

The Rebel Alliance, and the Empire decided to put aside their differences for one moment, and celebrate Christmas together by putting on a Nativity Play. There was just one thing that needed to be settled by the directer.

Director: Alright Star Wars Lego Men, who'd like to play Mary?
Director: Alright Star Wars Lego Men, who’d like to play Mary?

Director: Alright Star Wars Lego Men, who’d like to play Mary?

Mary has a visit from someone she didn't expect... Who would?
Mary has a visit from someone she didn’t expect… Who would?

26 During Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin. She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of David. Her name was Mary. 28 The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord has blessed you and is with you.”
Luke Chapter 1

Joseph Didn't exactly feel blessed when he heard the news...
Joseph Didn’t exactly feel blessed when he heard the news…

Joseph didn’t exactly feel blessed when he heard the news… so planned to quietly call the whole marriage thing off.

 

Joe couldn't find a donkey, so had to settle for pushing Mary along on a skateboard instead...
Joe couldn’t find a donkey, so had to settle for pushing Mary along on a skateboard instead…

At that time, Augustus Caesar sent an order that all people in the countries under Roman rule must list their names in a register. 2 This was the first registration;[a] it was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to their own towns to be registered.

4 So Joseph left Nazareth, a town in Galilee, and went to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, known as the town of David. Joseph went there because he was from the family of David. 5 Joseph registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged[b] and who was now pregnant.

The Hostel seemed a little full...
The Hostel seemed a little full…

As the hostel was full…

They found a shed around the back
They found a shed around the back

…Mary gave birth in a shed around the back of the hostel.*

"Leg it down to Bethlehem . Quick!"
“Leg it down to Bethlehem . Quick!”

8-12 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

13-14 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
15-18 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
Luke Chapter 2

*Kinda roughly based on Luke Chapter 2 – ish.

Three wise men came from the east...
Three wise men came from the east…

1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”

3-4 When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified—and not Herod alone, but most of Jerusalem as well. Herod lost no time. He gathered all the high priests and religion scholars in the city together and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

5-6 They told him, “Bethlehem, Judah territory. The prophet Micah wrote it plainly:

It’s you, Bethlehem, in Judah’s land,
no longer bringing up the rear.
From you will come the leader
who will shepherd-rule my people, my Israel.”
7-8 Herod then arranged a secret meeting with the scholars from the East. Pretending to be as devout as they were, he got them to tell him exactly when the birth-announcement star appeared. Then he told them the prophecy about Bethlehem, and said, “Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned. As soon as you find him, send word and I’ll join you at once in your worship.”
Matthew Chapter 2

It seems the shed had enough space to bring up a baby...
It seems the shed had enough space to bring up a baby…

9-10 Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!

11 They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.

Matthew Chapter 2

Something is coming...
Something is coming…

12 In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, left the territory without being seen, and returned to their own country.
Matthew Chapter 2

Seems the shed also doubled up as transport...
Seems the shed also doubled up as transport…

13 …God’s angel showed up again in Joseph’s dream and commanded, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for this child, and wants to kill him.”
(kinda based on Matthew Chapter 2)

They all went their own ways, and everyone lived happily ever after.
The End.

 

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Do You Need A Spare Vicar?

Christmas.

Its a busy time for any one. Carol Services are springing up all over the place. Imagine it. You’re arranging a Carols by Candle light service, you’re arranged the carols, the band, the singers, publicity, the mince pies… have you arranged for the local vicar to turn up???

What if they cant make it? After all, you’ve only asked them to come at last minute!

Try this “Inflatable Priest“(Amazon Link) and you never need to worry about booking a vicar ever again!*

Inflatable Vicar Priest - Perfect Christmas gift for Churches

* Obviously you’re hoping that people cant tell the difference between their vicar, and a big balloon.

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Facebook Christmas Cover Photos

Facebook Christmas Cover Image: Jesus was Born

Updated and fresher versions of the below are available here.

Every now and then, people find us after doing search for a combination of words that we wouldn’t normally expect. An example of this has been the flood of people search for Facebook Nativity or Facebook Christmas Cover Photos. (Cover photos, are what you find on the top of a Facebook profile)

Well… this has ended up inspiring a random session on Photoshop.

Please feel free to download the below, link back here, and use to your hearts content:

Nativity Facebook Cover: The Angels Appear to The Shepherds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook Christmas Cover Image: Jesus was Born

Right clicking, then clicking “Save Image As” should do the trick.

For more images like this, please see my images on www.seedresources.com 

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Weekly Round Up: The Obvious Christmas Edition

Hi, I’m Elvis. Elvis The Alien.

I’m one of the pets that sometimes sit on The Church when the two Andys arn’t looking.

Well seeing they are both doing Christmassy things they have left me in charge of the weekly roundup.

As its been hard to avoid Christmas stuff this week, I’m going to be predictable and keep with it…

  • Well… if you’ve had the BBC on during the last few evenings the chances are you’ve seen The Nativity on BBC1. I couldn’t help but love it, and thought the Tony Jordan interview with The Telegraph was an insight into the journey he went through while writing it. For a more traditional ‘media’ interview, it also worthwhile checking out the online press pack for The Nativity.
  • The Urban Pastor asks what does a Virgin Birth really mean?
  • Richard Littledale looks at a…rather odd themed Christmas service. Personally I’m not a fan, but as I’m an alien I dont really like food.
  • While finally… the mouse lets us see his letter to Santa

Well thats me done.

Sorry about the photo btw… I’m not sure if ThatAndy knew what he was doing when he took it…