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Nativity From Scratch 2017

It’s Nativity Time! It’s that time of year again when our Church Family come together to retell the story of the birth of Jesus. It’s a fun time where we try and involve as many as possible to remember who our Saviour was born into the World.

We welcome everyone to come and join us for Worship and Praise at any of our Services, which can be found here on our service times page.


The Story of the Nativity – “The Birth of a Babe”

A magnificent brightness lit up the sky when an angel appeared to Mary, a young pure women, who was engaged to be married to Joseph. The angel announced that she was going to have a baby.

“That’s impossible for I am not yet married,” answered Mary.

“This baby will be very special. He will be the Son of God.”

Although Mary did not fully understand she agreed to the Word of God. She was devout.

Some months later Mary and Joseph were married. When it was near to her time they travelled to Bethlehem but found it very crowded. Not a room was available. Then one kind man noticing how tired and heavy with child she was offered them the use of a stable.

Gentle animals – cows, donkeys, lambs and poultry – greeted them. During the night Mary’s boy child was born. She wrapped the baby Jesus in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger cushioned with hay. The cows, donkeys and sheep peered into the manger and with their constant breathing kept the baby warm whilst Mary slept.

Out in the countryside beyond Bethlehem the bright light that appeared in the sky was seen by some shepherds tending their flocks. They became frightened until an angel appeared and told them not to be.

“I have great news. A child has been born in a stable in Bethlehem who will save all the world.”

They were amazed and decided to go and see this ‘Saviour’ for themselves. With their flocks they arrived at the stable and gazed down in wonderment at the baby Jesus. They then set off to relate this happy event to all in the area.

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace to men who enjoy his favour.”

The shepherds returned to the hills glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; it was exactly as they had been told.

Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.

That same bright light had been seen by three wise men in the East. They knew a great king had been born.

After travelling to Jerusalem and enquiring from King Herod where this king might be they were instructed by him to “please find him and tell me of his whereabouts.”

A star lead them to Bethlehem and to the baby Jesus.

The three wise men entered the stable and worshiped the baby. They gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Before returning to the East God sent them a message not to see Herod. They therefore returned home by a different route.

This is the story of the Nativity.

 

 

Try praying – It’s easier than you think

 

 

Churches throughout the UK and the world will be opening their doors and providing opportunities for people to come and use their buildings for prayer as part of a global call to prayer.

St Mary’s will be playing our part too and we will be open for prayer during the day – all are welcome. Prayer stations have been set up around church and Stewards will be on hand throughout the day to welcome visitors and offer refreshments and assistance.

If you’ve never prayed before, and don’t know how or where to start, we have some simple guides available to help you.

Now more than ever the world needs our prayers.  We know that the events of Monday night in Manchester have affected many people, in that great city and throughout this country and beyond.  The opening of St Mary’s for prayer will give anyone who finds themselves affected by the bombing a quiet place to come, perhaps to light a candle and to process their thoughts and feelings.

From Friday 26th May there will be a Book of Condolence available in church, for anyone who would like to write a message of sympathy and support to those who have lost loved ones or been injured and traumatised by the attack at Manchester Arena 22 May 2017.

 

 

 

Pray Together

Family Prayer

Sunday evenings 7.00-8.00pm
until 3rd July 2016

Pray Together

 

Let’s pray together! At St Mary’s we believe we are called to be a people of prayer.

These prayer times on a Sunday evening are an opportunity for us to come together and for us to pray for our country, for Camberley and St Mary’s parish and local community, as well as praying for our church and for ourselves.

All are welcome.

Benefits from praying together are:

1. Praying together, collectively more prayers are prayed.  Each of us has a unique way of praying and praying together brings a new voice to the need.

2. Praying together often gives a deep feeling of belonging. When part of a group, we feel that we are a necessary part of a greater purpose.

3. Praying together improves our mood.  Looking out among others and feeling their love and care regardless of how we felt when we began, we leave feeling comforted.

4. Praying together opens our hearts to the needs of the people around us and reminds us that sometimes we can be the answer to someone’s prayer.

Hungarian Summer Camps update

Sam and Meg Sutherland have now returned from Hungary from the Summer Camps and we’ve had lots of regular updates from Mark during our services, which has kept us all updated.

Kornel has provided us with a video message thanking everyone involved, including the amazing Egg Box collection, which enabled 33 kids to attend the Camps.

The whole Team appreciated your prayers and we gave Thanks to God that everything went so well. Bless you.

Prayer Tree

Have you seen our Prayer Tree in the Foyer of the Church?

The prayer tree is a place that anyone can come to, and write a prayer.

Prayers are hung on the tree, as a sign of the prayer being offered to God.

Choose either a butterfly or a dove, or both!butterfly prayer tree

A butterfly is a sign of new life:

  • Christians believe that Jesus gives everyone hope of a new life and a new start
  • Write or draw your hopes, dreams or ideas about new beginnings
  • Hang the butterfly on the tree

A dove represents the power of the Holy Spirit at work on our lives:

  • Write or draw on your dove gifts the things you want to say thank you for
  • Thing’s you’re good at or things you appreciate in other people
  • Or share a memory
  • Hang the dove on the tree

Look at the windows in the Church – can you spot which one has a dove?

The fruit of the Spirit include:

  • Love
  • Peace
  • Joy
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Generosity

St Mary's Camberley

A prayer for Paris

A prayer for Paris
Compassionate God and Father of all, we are horrified at violence in so many parts of the World.

It seems that non are safe and some are terrified.

Hold back the hands that kill and maim; turn around the hearts that hate.

Grant instead your strong Spirit of Peace – Peace that passes our understanding but changes lives.

Through Jesus Chris our Lord,

Amen.