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At long last December is here and I can finally talk about Christmas! Yes, you’ve guessed it… I’m one of those Christmas enthusiasts who has been waiting to put their tree up for the best part of a month!

The Christmas season is often an exciting time but as Christians it is also a time when we remember God’s incredible plan to save us through sending His son, Jesus, to earth.

Last year our families from the 9.15 service took part in our first ever Posada at All Saints in Marlow and we will be doing it again this year as a way to help children engage in the real meaning of Christmas and to symbolise us making room for Jesus in our lives.

“Posada?” you may be thinking, “what is this?” Well, Posada is the Spanish word for “inn.” It is an old Mexican tradition where young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people that Jesus would be coming soon. On Christmas Eve they would visit the local church to act out the nativity and place figures of Mary and Joseph next to the crib.

So, on the 1st December, a knitted Mary and Joseph will begin their travels around Marlow staying with a different church family every night of December in the run up to Christmas Eve. They carry with them a bag of goodies which include the Christmas story, Christmas activities for the children to engage with, a travel diary to record all of Mary and Joseph’s activities as well as a wondering box which helps families think through questions like:

  • How might Mary and Joseph have felt on their journey to Bethlehem?
  • What if everyone in the world knew how special baby Jesus was? Would the world be different?
  • I wonder which part of the Christmas story you think is the most important and why…

It’s a fantastic way for families to have some fun together over the festive period whilst also thinking about the true meaning of Christmas and celebrating the hope that Mary and Joseph carry with them.

Don’t miss our crib services at All Saints at either 2.30pm or 4.30pm on Sunday 24th December when Mary and Joseph will be completing their journey and we join together to celebrate the birth of Jesus! If you’d like to see updates of Mary and Joseph on their travels around Marlow throughout December then find us on Facebook.

Anna Clarke
Children’s Discipleship Leader at All Saints Marlow

For this and many more stories about what is going on within our church, download your latest copy of The Bridge – the magazine of All Saints Marlow.