At our Christmas Eve worship service, our youth shared a poem and a prayer to express the meaning of Christmas. They also sang 2 verses of "The First Noel." The text, pictures and video of their presentation can be found below. They did a wonderful job!
The Meaning of Christmas
Far away in Bethlehem, a baby boy was born,
Born with neither riches, nor with fame,
Yet wise men came from all around to bring him their gifts
And peace was felt by all who heard his name.
Angels watched him as he slept, and gently rocked his bed,
Their voices singing softly in his ear,
His mother and his father both gave thanks to God above
For the greatest gift of all, their Son, so dear.
They knew his life upon this earth would not be filled with wealth,
They also knew he would encounter strife.
But most of all, they knew that he would be a loving child,
And teach the love of God throughout his life.
At Christmas we celebrate this birth of Jesus Christ,
Let’s keep in mind the truth of Christmas Day.
For it’s not the Christmas wrappings, nor the gifts that lie within
But our gift of love to others in every way.
A Christmas Prayer
By Robert Louis Stevenson
Loving Father, help us to remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and the worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds
with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven,
for Jesus’ sake.
What a great event we had on Friday, hosted by our Youth Group! First everyone gathered inside to make "ornaments" to hang on trees outside, providing food for the birds and animals on our property. Then we gathered in the church and the youth took turns reading the book, "Night Tree" by Eve Bunting, aloud to everyone. Then we all went outdoors to hang our "ornaments" on the big pine tree. Back inside we enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies! Everyone had a wonderful time together!
Our youth, in Grade 6 and above, participate in a Youth Group in addition to Sunday School. This group has social time together as well as participating in a variety of mission and outreach projects.