Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Silence for a couple of weeks: a week afloat and several days catching up. Is it really the run up to Christmas? And I still have nearly 200 e-mails in the inbox! Still, they'll be there tomorrow.

One suggestion I've had for Advent is based on the local Roman Catholic churches' activity: The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Great Missenden and St Anne's in Wendover have a giving tree. This is a bare branch on which are gift labels each bearing a gift idea. Great Missenden collects for the homeless looked after at Christmas at Emmaus House in Acton so ideas might be underpants , toothbrushes, socks etc whilst St Anne's sponsor Aylesbury Refuge and ideas might be children's colouring book and crayons for a 5 year old, coloured pencils or felt tips, or talcum powder or hand cream for the mums. We take a label, buy the gift wrap it up in fancy paper,tie the label back on and return it laying it beneath the tree. In that way it is quite clear what is in the parcel and so can be given to the appropriate person. Could you do something similar for your Wycombe night refuge and make this an activity for a day of your Advent calendar?
I attended a Churchwarden's day on Saturday. Lots of ideas, and the opportunity to meet others and see their problems and solutions. In Bishop Alan's session 'Sustaining the Sacred Centre' I was reminded of the lent activities suggested by him and Archdeacon Karen for Lent – I tried some of these last year. There may be some ideas for Advent here:

From David's Blog

So keep the suggestions coming. It's your chance to challenge me with some fun activities! Keep them in the spirit of Making Time for Christmas.

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