This service can be used at any point during Advent.
This special service focuses on the Advent theme of waiting, providing a chance to pray imaginatively through the experience of Mary and Joseph waiting for the birth of Jesus. Children will also reflect on how we can best prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming at Christmas during our Advent time of waiting.
Aims and Outcomes:
To give the pupils an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Advent as well as to pray for guidance in their Christmas preparations.
- Appendix 1 – Readings for Pupils.
- Appendix 2 – Readings for Staff.
- Choose three children with loud voices to read Appendix 1 – Readings for Pupils. Brief them before hand on their cue, as they will remain in their paces amongst the other pupils.
- Ask three staff members to read Appendix 2 – Readings for Staff. They are to read as Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
- Prepare an Advent candle or if you don’t have access to one, just use the image on Slide 3.
Suggestions for where these hymns could be used throughout the service are indicated, but they are optional and so are not included in assembly timings.
Marie Christine Ginty
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