These advent sessions are designed to go alongside the Advent ‘Share the Light’ campaign from CPO – https://www.sharethelight.co.uk/ – this website explains it fully. The past 18 months have been difficult and at times isolating. Share the Light encourages people to gather together this Christmas, and celebrate the good news that darkness has not overcome the light, and never will.
The campaign centre’s around a short, imaginative Share the Light film. Through it we’d encourage you to have fresh confidence in the amazing message of hope that is wrapped up in the birth of Jesus. We believe it will touch hearts and bring a smile to faces across the nation
Start the session with a social time, perhaps with some festive food and drink. Who doesn’t love a warming hot chocolate and a mince pie! This ice breaker question may help warm people up.
What Christmas TV special or movie is a must in your family each year?
In this session we want to celebrate that Jesus is the Light of the World.
Luke 2: 1-7
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
John 1: 1-5
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
We need light to see – we see because light from an object can move through space and reach our eyes. Once light reaches our eyes, signals are sent to our brain, and our brain deciphers the information in order to detect the appearance, location and movement of the objects we are looking at. The whole process would not be possible if it were not for the presence of light.
When it’s dark we can become disorientated and we could fall. Jesus came as a small vulnerable baby to bring light to the world. Jesus came to bring light into those places of disorientation. When the light on we see things differently. If we were scared or hopeless when His light shines it an change our perspective.
We have the light!!
Have a fantastic Christmas party to celebrate the goodness of God!