Vol 6 - Christmas 2012

Here's a list of resources available this Christmas. 

Nativity animations
Many thanks to Dan Jones, Children and Youth Adviser for Bristol Diocese, for posting these versions of the Nativity story, all downloadable from YouTube: 

Christmas in 50 words 
Digital Nativity 
A Christmas Poem A powerful poem from UCCF retelling the reality of the Christmas Story 
Christmas in a nutshell A very clever animation of the story 
The Christmas Story Short, simple retelling of the story from Dan Stevers 
Birth to Cross A white line on a black background draws you into the story from Bethlehem to Calvary 
Hallelujah Drawing the journey of shepherds and kings to Bethlehem 
A Social Network Christmas The Nativity as it might appear on Facebook 
The Jesus Storybook Bible has a simple narration and animation of the Nativity story using pictures from the book 

Advent 
http://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/being-a-christian/advent.aspx - A daily podcast from the C of E with readings, reflections, music and prayer for Advent. 
The Children’s Society Advent calendar - Come on a journey of prayer over the season of Advent. There’s a daily reflection with weekly candle-lighting prayers, using an Advent calendar and blog. Guest bloggers include Paula Gooder, Cham Kaur-Mann, Giles Fraser and The Rt Revd Paul Butler. 
www.readysteadyslow.org - Ready Steady Slow invites us to slow down this Advent and take time to look inwards at our hopes and fears; to look outwards at a world in need of hope; and to look God-ward, confident in his love and commitment to the world." Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury 
Advent - telling time - There are many ways to tell time. We use clocks and calendars, for example. We might mark time by our birthdays or when school begins and ends. A day has 24 hours, a week has 7 days, and a year has 365 days. If we think of these conceptually, we generally see them on a line. January is at the beginning; December is at the end.But the Church tells time differently. The Church’s year is Christological. 
Make your own Advent calendar - A simple fun way for all the family to explore together the traditional Christmas story during Advent. With or without chocolate, the choice is yours... 
Advent material from the Church of England  - Service materials from the Church of England 
Advent animations from WordLive - This Christmas WordLive has packaged a series of Bible-based animations for Advent to make them accessible for your use in churches, home groups and youth groups. You can download this series as a single movie or as five weekly episodes. 
Woodlands Junior School - Advent - A wealth of information on Advent & Christmas from Woodlands School 
Advent Prayer Stations  - Engage children & youth in prayerful meditation on the themes of Advent with these interactive prayer station ideas. 
The Text This Week - Advent - On-Line Resources for the Season of Advent 
The church year - Advent - Advent History, Information, Prayers, Resources, Traditions, & More from churchyear.net 
http://whyismarko.com/2012/the-42-worst-nativity-sets/  - Here’s what’s generally thought of as the “42 worst nativities” 

Jesse Tree 
An on-line Jesse Tree Following its success in the last few years, this Advent resource provides you and your family with a wonderful Jesse Tree activity to help you prepare for Christmas and the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
Make a Jesse Tree - Making your own Jesse Tree 
Jesse Tree for early years - Comprehensive instructions and information on Jesse Trees

Christmas Eve
http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/family-friendly-christmas-eve-service.html - Carolyn Brown has posted a simple, family-friendly carol service for Christmas Eve on her Worshiping with Children blog