Thursday, November 24, 2016

One Word - Watch this space!

Coming soon here....Our Advent daily meditations and colouring sheet... (Starting Dec 1)

Less is more, so they say, and that’s especially true in Advent.

At a time of year when the world can feel very noisy and demanding, we can easily feel overwhelmed. Yet, what God did at Christmas was essentially very simple. One baby, born to one family, in one specific place, at one specific time.

That’s why this year our daily meditations will focus on just one word a day, one Advent word that will help us prepare to celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh, Jesus. There will be a few questions each day to prompt your thoughts or discussions. You can find the meditations here on the blog each day - there will be facebook and twitter links too, so follow us there and they will pop up in your feed.

You can ponder these Advent words on your own, or talk about them with others. There will be an accompanying colouring sheet for you to fill if you’d like to as well, perhaps writing the word in each day’s space, or representing it in some other way, It’s up to you.

The series starts on December 1, though Advent really begins on the Sunday before, and runs through to Christmas Eve. It doesn’t matter, though, if you get behind. Take as long as you need over each word.

Here's a prayer to say as Advent begins.

Advent God,
we journey with you,
to Bethlehem’s stable
and a new-born King,
ears attuned
to the song of angels,
eyes alert
for Bethlehem’s star.
Forgive us
if on our journey
if we are distracted
by the tempting offers
of this world.
Keep our hearts aflame
with the hope
of Christmas,
and the promise
of a Saviour. Amen

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Messy Church for Advent and Christmas this Sunday

Come along and join us at our Christmas Messy Church this Sunday afternoon (27th) from 3-4.30pm. There will be glitter...!
All ages are welcome and it's all very informal, so whoever you are, you'll be welcome.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ideas for parents and godparents (and others!) to mark Advent and Christmas

Welcome to Next Steps in Winter, when one of the biggest events in the Christian calendar is just around the corner.

“I Can’t Wait for Christmas!”

Discover why waiting for Christmas is an important Christian tradition, and how you can get involved at church and at home.
Discover Advent

Your Church At Christmas

From Christingle to carols, there’ll be lots happening at your church this Christmas. Join in the fun and learn about the greatest story ever told.
What’s on in Church

Counting Blessings

In a season of presents and lots of food, these simple ideas help children take time to say ‘thank you’ to God for all that they have.
See Ideas

Dark Nights And Starry Skies

Cold winter nights can be very clear, so it’s a good time to see the stars. It’s a wonderful way to let children experience awe and wonder.
Look For Stars

Wishing you joy and peace this Christmas,


The Church of England Christenings Team

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Remembrance Sunday at Seal

Great turnout for Remembrance Sunday today. Really good to have Seal Cubs and Beavers with us, with their standards. They did very well and made their leaders and families rightly proud of them. Thanks to Kevin Bright for the photo of them and Patrick Coffey for the picture of the church with the Union flag flying.

Sermons from St Peter & St Paul, Seal, Kent: Remembrance Sunday: Living among the ruins

Sermons from St Peter & St Paul, Seal, Kent: Remembrance Sunday: Living among the ruins: Audio version here Lamentations 1.1-4, Luke 21.5-19   Aleppo: Reuters, Hosam Katan   The picture I’ve printed on your service sh...

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Guess what came in the post today?

Remember this...?
Back in June Seal village came together to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday with a street party.
During the street party we made a giant poster, adding our own drawings and messages.

It was a bit big to send to Buckingham Palace, so I photographed it and made it into a big card, including some photos from the party and sent that instead with the birthday greetings of Seal village and church.

And today...this came in the post.

So it looks as though the Queen appreciated our efforts!
Many thanks to all who made the day such a success.
I will put the letter up in church this weekend.