Hi Kidz,

What’s the best news you’ve ever heard? Christmas is all about Good News for everyone. That’s what the angels said to the shepherds when they told them to go discover the promised Saviour of the world, the baby Jesus born in a simple stable.

Do you listen to the news on the radio or watch it on TV? Have you ever noticed that most of the stories they tell are about bad and sad things? Do you enjoy hearing bad news? I think we all need and prefer to hear news that cheers and encourages us. We are no different from those shepherds on that first Christmas day who needed to hear some Good News.

Do you know people in your school or neighbourhood who are really discouraged by something and need to be encouraged? Think of someone you know who is in need. What could you and your family do to help bring some joy into their lives? Write a Christmas card, paint a picture, make a present, invite them for a meal… What ever you do, be creative and do something for somebody and be “good news” to them!

Believe it or not, giving to others brings more joy to those who give than those who receive!

One of many actions to help the poorer children across the world is Operation Christmas Child. Since 1990, Operation Christmas Child has brought the joy of Christmas to more than 38 million boys and girls.

This annual project enables caring individuals, families, schools, churches, businesses, and other organisations to fill ordinary shoe boxes with small toys, school supplies, sweets, and other gifts for hurting children around the world.
Operation Christmas Child sends a message of hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes. The gifts are given regardless of nationality, political background or religious beliefs to children requiring nothing of them, their families or communities in return.
Watch a short video to discover more about this marvellous work and see the difference it makes to the children who receive the presents.  


 

The Jesus Quest is especially for children. It is a shorter version of the Jesus film, the most watched and translated film of all time !

The original film has been seen by over 6 billion people and it now exists in 890 languages.

Sarah tells the other children how the angel Gabriel came to Mary with the news that she would become the mother of the “Son of God”. She was to call him Jesus. He would be the King and Saviour of all peoples everywhere as it was promised centuries before.

Mary and Joseph had to return to Bethlehem and Jesus was born in a humble stable. Angels then told shepherds to go and see the new born child and tell others of the “Good News” of his birth.

It’s Jerusalem – AD 30. The Romans are in charge, but it’s the religious leaders who want to trap Jesus. They’ve heard rumours he can make people well and bring the dead back to life. He can even feed 5,000 people with one boy’s picnic lunch!

Benjamin begins a daring quest to discover the truth. His dad doesn’t want him to have anything to do with this 'miracle man'. But the six friends can’t wait to see what Jesus will do next.

As they get closer to the action, things go from bad to worse. And they have no idea what’s round the corner…

Click on the picture to read

'The Greatest Promise' booklet.

Click on the picture to watch the whole film online !
 

The very first book in the Bible talks about a promised Saviour. Every one of the 66 books in the Bible has promises, or word pictures which refer to Jesus in different ways.

Here are just a few:

 

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

It’s amazing to think that these words were written over 700 years before Jesus was born! Even the place of his birth was foretold.


"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." (Micah 5:2)

No wonder the angels were excited when they shouted and sang out their joy to the shepherds about God’s “Good News” for everyone!

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests." When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." (Luke 2:8-15)
Especially on Christmas Day, people from all around the world, every tribe and nation, will be celebrating Jesus birth. Are you going to be one of them? Will you do anything special with your family?

After Jesus died on the cross for our wrongs and came back to life, He told His friends "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation”. (Mark 16:15)

Jesus’ friends today are still seeking to make sure as many people on earth as possible get a chance to hear the Good News about God’s love for them. Jesus wants you to help too!

Read more about the greatest news and Jesus' birth.  
   
 

What happened to the man who shoplifted a calendar at Christmas?
He got 12 months!

Where does Santa go to learn how to slide down chimneys?
Chimnasium.

What happens when you drop a snowball in water?
It gets wet!

What do you get if you cross Santa Claus with a duck?
Christmas quackers!

What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?
Tinselitus!

Where do snow men go to dance?
A snow ball!

What is the best Christmas present in the world?
A broken drum. You can’t beat it!

How do Sheep greet each other at Christmas time?
A merry Christmas to ewe.

How do you make opening your Christmas presents last longer?
Open them with boxing gloves on!

What did Adam say on the day before Christmas ?
It is Christmas, Eve.

What often falls at the North Pole but never gets hurt?
Snow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For most folks, no news is good news; for the press, good news is not news.” - Gloria Borger

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” - Anne Frank

Good news from heaven the angels bring, Glad tidings to the earth they sing: To us this day a child is given, To crown us with the joy of heaven.” - Martin Luther

The news media are, for the most part, the bringers of bad news... and it's not entirely the media's fault, bad news gets higher ratings and sells more papers than good news.” - Peter McWilliams

 

 

Try making some Gingerbread People for a Christmas treat!

Send us your recipes.

England has only ever known seven white Christmases in the entire 20th century.

Each year between 34 – 36 million Christmas trees are produced for holiday demand.

Christmas pudding originates from an old, Celtic dish known as ‘frumenty’.

Christmas crackers were invented by Thomas Smith. He imported some French novelties to sell as Christmas gifts, but these did not become popular until he wrapped them up and added a snapper.

St Francis of Assisi introduced Christmas Carols to formal church services.

It is not until Twelfth Night (the feast of the Epiphany) that the figures of the Three Kings are supposed to be added to the Christmas crib.

 

This week

* Annette enjoys helping others.
* Special Christmas pages.
* Reindeer disguise.
* New Promise.
* New Audio Story.
* Make your own angel.
* Site of the week.
* Memory game.
* Make your own Nativity scene.
* Make a space ship.
* The longest red line.
* More and more for Christmas!
* Sing-a-long “Away in a manger”

* Why you should give away lots of Hugs this Christmas!

Click on the picture to discover a story about the true meaning of Christmas.


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