Let us celebrate Jesus’ birthday and thank Him for being with us wherever we are and whatever we are doing.
Here is a carer going to help someone in their home.
Thank you, God for all those who work every day, even Christmas Day and those who work at night when we are asleep.
Look! Someone has put up a nativity scene on their lawn.
Did you wonder where Jesus was in our Advent Calendar?
He is not just the baby in the manger you can see.
He is in our neighbourhood, living alongside us every day.
We see lots more people riding bikes today.
They are cutting their carbon footprint by leaving their car in the garage at home.
Thank goodness that so many people are helping the environment by recycling our used paper, cardboard and plastic.
Try and find out where our recycling goes and what they can make out of it.
What would we do without our bin men?
It must be a hard job working in the cold and the wet.
We throw so much stuff away and we are glad when our bins are emptied.
Perhaps we should not buy so much stuff.
Someone is in a rush to finish their last-minute shopping.
Do you think they will stop and buy a copy of the Big Issue?
Many people struggle to survive.
It must be really hard to have to stand on a street corner to sell the Big Issue when so many people just walk by and ignore you.
We pray for all those who feel invisible and ignored in the world.
Someone else is working hard to make our homes look sparkly clean and ready for that special birthday that is coming.
Can you see the window cleaner with his ladder?
This little person looks in a hurry.
They don’t want to be late for school, perhaps they are having a practice for the carol concert.
What kind people there are to help us cross the road safely.
I expect they are glad that it’s nearly the end of term and they can have a rest.
Christmas is coming.
People are getting ready.
Have you put up any decorations yet or got your Christmas tree?
Can you hear sirens in the distance?
Is it the police or an ambulance?
No, it’s a fire engine.
There are so many people ready to help us in an emergency.
We just have to make a phone call.
Thank you, God for all the emergency crews who come to help us at any time during the day or night.
The sun has come out to cheer us up.
I expect you still had to wrap up to keep warm.
We pray for those people who only have the clothes they stand up in as they had to leave everything else behind when they fled from danger.
Oh dear! There are clouds.
Do you think it is going to rain in Downend?
Sometimes it is a cloudy and dull day. What do you do to cheer yourself up?
Try singing and dancing and get your family and friends to join in.
Her friend has come to join her.
I wonder if they are talking about Christmas?
Have you bought any presents yet or made any cards to send?
Someone has come in for a rest after all that shopping.
I expect she will have a cup of tea, but she does look lonely on her own.
We pray for all those who live on their own or are lonely without friends to talk to.
I can see a café.
It is a good meeting place.
What is your favourite milkshake or cake when you go into a café?
What do you like to have to eat when you go out?
Have you ever been in hospital?
Thank you, Lord for all the people who work in hospitals and everyone who works in the NHS.
They look after us when we are not very well.
It’s Monday and a school day.
I wonder what you will learn today.
Say hello to all your friends and give them a big smile.
Thank you, God for teachers who work so hard.
Thank you to all the people who deliver letters and parcels to our homes.
They are very busy now with all the cards and presents they have to carry around.
Here is someone walking their dog.
They need lots of exercise.
Do you have a pet?
We have to look after our pets and care for the animals in the world.
We are so fortunate to have green spaces and beautiful trees to look at.
Where are your favourite places out of doors?
Please help us to take care of the wonderful world you have created.
What can you see?
Do you live in a house or a flat or a caravan?
Where do people sleep if they don’t have a home?
Many in this world lack shelter and a safe home. Help us to remember the vulnerable this Christmas.
This is the season of Advent when we start preparing and looking forward to Christmas.
How many days are there now until Christmas Day?
Can you count as the baubles go up on the tree?
May God be with us as we wait for Jesus’ Birthday.