10th December: The Wise Men are very pleased with the camels Mini Lisa and Mini Jon have managed to buy – Pets at Home sure have a great Christmas selection of animals this year.
The Wise Men load all their belongings onto the camels who they decide to call Alan and Richard (Richard’s the one with the green blanket). Mini Lisa raids the Lite Lunch supplies and sends them on their way with plenty of food for their long journey to where the new King and Saviour will shortly be born.
Having made friends with the Wise Men, Mini Lisa is a bit sad to see them heading off on this long journey, but Mini Dave explains that the Bible says they have something really important and special to do that just can’t wait.
9th December: “What’s this?” said Mini Dave, a little shocked and worried there’d been another mix up. That looks like a donkey. That’s not big enough to carry all the Wise Men’s things. Gold is very heavy don’t you know - the donkey just isn’t suitable for the task”. Mini Jon feels a bit sad and embarrassed. He was sure they needed a donkey for the Christmas Story. “Don’t worry” said Mini Lisa, “The donkey's perfect, just not for the Wise Men. The donkey has a really important part to play in this story. The donkey carries Mary all the way to Bethlehem”. Mini Jon was very relieved. He wasn’t fancying his chances of getting a refund and he was pretty sure he'd lost his receipt.
The Mini Ministers give the donkey some hay and water and soon it's ready to set off to carry Mary on that important journey to where Jesus will soon be born.
Mini Jon and Mini Lisa go back to Pets at Home to see if they can get a bigger animal to help the Wise Men. Children, can you guess what it might be?
6th December: The Wise Men have so much luggage. That’s what happens when you need to pack for a long trip children. Mini Lisa knows exactly what to do. She suggests a trip to Pets at Home in Watford is in order. Mini Jon volunteers to go and get something suitable to carry the Wise Men and all their belongings.
Well children, they’re really going to have to get their skates on if they’re going to be able to get there and back in time for the Family Carol Service here on Sunday at 11am aren’t they?!
5th December: Mini Jon spots a third traveller. “Are you a shepherd? The Bible tells us about shepherds playing a big part in the Christmas story.” The traveller replies “Are you kidding? Dressed like this!? I’m the third Wise Man.” Mini Jon agrees that shepherds don’t dress in such finery and says “Ahh, I see, well in that case, what is your name and what is the gift you are bringing for the new King who will soon be born?”
“I am Melchior” replies the third wise man, “and I am the King of Persia. I am bringing the gift of Gold for the new King who is soon to be born.”
The Mini Ministers introduce Melchior to Casper and Balthazar and the three Wise Men gather their belongings ready to set off in search of the new King. The trouble is, there’s quite a lot for them to carry. What should they do children? Can you think of something they need to help them on their travels?
4th December: “Look” said Mini Jon, “There’s another wise man. Let’s find out who he is and tell him about Balthazar.”
Mini Lisa felt quite shy and taken aback by these two powerful men, but she also sensed they were good and kind and that they had a sense of peace and knowing about them. She asked the second traveller “Are you a Wise Man too? What’s your name and what gift are you bringing for the new King who will soon be born?”
“I am one of the Wise Men” said the traveller, “My name is Casper and I am the King of India. I am bringing Frankincense for the new King who is soon to be born.” The Frankincense smelt amazing.
The Mini Ministers tell Casper about Balthazar and the two Wise Men prepare to set off in search of the New King.
3rd December: “The Bible tells us about three wise men and look over there” said Mini Dave, “I think he might be one of them.”
Mini Lisa asks the traveller “Who are you and what’s that you’re carrying?”
“I am one of the Wise Men” said the traveller, “We are sometimes called Kings, or Magi. My name is Balthazar and I am the King of Arabia. I am bringing Myrrh for the new King who is soon to be born. Have you seen any more Wise Men? We are getting ready to make a very special journey. We are going to follow the new star that will appear in the sky.”
We’ve seen the star haven’t we children. It’s coming in the East window of the Church.
2nd December: “The Bible tells us that God sent the angel Gabriel to a young woman who lived in the northern town of Nazareth. The girl's name was Mary and she was engaged to marry Joseph” said Mini Dave.
The angel Gabriel said to Mary: “Peace be with you! God has blessed you and is pleased with you.” Mary was very surprised by this and wondered what the angel meant. The angel said to her “Don't be afraid, God has been very kind to you. You will become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and give birth to a baby boy and you will call him Jesus. He will be God's own Son and his kingdom will never end.” Mary was very afraid but she trusted God. “Let it happen as God chooses.” she replied to the angel.
Mini Lisa thought this was great. Mini Lisa also thought Gabriel's hair accessory was great and that it would go very nicely with one of her outfits...
28th November: "Right" said Mini Dave, "That's all the toys bagged up. Now to find the Christmas Star. Mini Lisa, have you seen Mini Jon?"
Oh dear children, I think we can see what's happened here. Mini Jon's been playing hide and seek. I don't think he'll be able to see the Christmas Star from in there, do you?
Check out the Mini Ministers at the front of the church. They're going to be telling you the Christmas Story from next week!
27th November: Children, the Mini Ministers are busy sorting the toys for Ivy Street into bags. Mini Jon wants to try some of the toys himself, but Mini Lisa has said he can’t as they just don’t have the time. They are so busy (it’s a really busy time of year isn’t it!) – we’re going to have to make sure they slow down so that they can really take in the special Christmas story that’s coming.
Come and see them at the front of the Church!
25 November: Children, the Mini Ministers have arrived to help tell you a special story. Mini Lisa wanted to be super organised with the online delivery for items they’ll need. Mini Jon forgot to tick “no substitutes” and Mini Dave says the “gold” that was delivered just won’t do. Still, they still have until December 1st to get it right. The trouble is, they still haven’t seen the star; if you see the Mini Ministers, tell them to look in the East window, it is definitely coming!
22nd November: Children: Have a look and see if you can see something in the window when you come past the church office. There’s some very special characters coming soon from 1st December with a really important story to tell...
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