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Christmas 2020 Programme


Led by Revd Bryn Rickards

All Age Advent Worship





If you like singing with actions, try this:




00:00 / 01:52


Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11

Read by Paul Simon in the Good News Version

00:00 / 02:14

“Comfort my people,” says our God. “Comfort them!
Encourage the people of Jerusalem.
Tell them they have suffered long enough
    and their sins are now forgiven.
I have punished them in full for all their sins.”


A voice cries out,
“Prepare in the wilderness a road for the Lord!
    Clear the way in the desert for our God!
Fill every valley;
    level every mountain.
The hills will become a plain,
    and the rough country will be made smooth.
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it.
The Lord himself has promised this.”


A voice cries out, “Proclaim a message!”
“What message shall I proclaim?” I ask.
“Proclaim that all human beings are like grass;
    they last no longer than wild flowers.
Grass withers and flowers fade
    when the Lord sends the wind blowing over them.
    People are no more enduring than grass.
Yes, grass withers and flowers fade,
    but the word of our God endures forever.”


Jerusalem, go up on a high mountain
    and proclaim the good news!
Call out with a loud voice, Zion;
    announce the good news!
Speak out and do not be afraid.
Tell the towns of Judah
    that their God is coming!


The Sovereign Lord is coming to rule with power,
    bringing with him the people he has rescued.
He will take care of his flock like a shepherd;
    he will gather the lambs together
    and carry them in his arms;
    he will gently lead their mothers.


As you listen to the reading, see if you can move these pictures around and put them in the right order next to the text

Image by Steven Lasry
Image by Lucas Clara
Image by Jordan Whitt
Image by Melany Rochester
Image by Bruno Bergher
Image by Jeff Lemond
Image by Womanizer WOW Tech
Image by Jenny Thalheim




Reading: Mark 1:1-8

Read by Paul Simon in the Good News Version

00:00 / 01:35

This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It began as the prophet Isaiah had written:

“God said, ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you
    to open the way for you.’
Someone is shouting in the desert,
    ‘Get the road ready for the Lord;
    make a straight path for him to travel!’”

So John appeared in the desert, baptizing and preaching. “Turn away from your sins and be baptized,” he told the people, “and God will forgive your sins.” Many people from the province of Judea and the city of Jerusalem went out to hear John. They confessed their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River.

John wore clothes made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. He announced to the people, “The man who will come after me is much greater than I am. I am not good enough even to bend down and untie his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Questions to Talk About

What connections do you see between these two readings?

How is John preparing the way for God to arrive?


You can download the activity sheet (click or tap image) and colour it in.

You can also write in the holes and mountains things you'd like God to help you fix in your life.

And you can write the names of three people who don't know Jesus.

Ask God to help you share your hope with them.

Or, you could make a road with lego or some other materials.

As you make it, talk to God about anything you need to say sorry for.

And ask God to help you listen to his voice.






Reflective Prayer

A song to listen to in the middle of the prayer time...

00:00 / 04:36

Another song you might like to end the prayer time with:


Offertory Prayer

00:00 / 00:28

Prayers of Intercession

Offered by Ric Lambert

00:00 / 04:28

 ...or 'Road' Prayers

00:00 / 00:31


Hymn and Song

00:00 / 05:50



00:00 / 00:46

Post Service Chat

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MINISTER: Revd Bryn Rickards

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M: 07510 311900



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