Message from the Chaplain

Hi Everyone,

Yes its about time i started talking about Christmas!!! How quickly this time has come. It seems the older i get the quicker....Anyway, some thoughts about Christmas who as parents we can share with our kids....Enjoy!

Symbols of Christmas

Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, which we use in Junior school, encourages parents to allow their children to help decorate for the celebration of Christ's birth.

"I love to involve children in the excitement of Jesus' coming," Sally says. "God's people waited for Him, and in Advent we're waiting, too. We're getting ready for Him; we’re preparing our homes and our hearts for Him."

Consider relating biblical symbolism and stories to items you use while decorating the tree. As you string the lights, you might remind your kids that Jesus is the Light of the World. The star on the top of the tree represents the star that led the wise men to where Jesus was born. Here are a few additional insights to share while decorating together:

Christmas tree
Evergreens don't lose their greenery. These trees can be symbolic of something that doesn't end and compared to eternal life in Christ.

Angel ornaments
God sent His choir of angels to proclaim the Good News to the shepherds of Jesus Christ.

The greatest gift of all is Jesus Christ. God sent His only Son to pay the price for our sins and to give us the opportunity to have eternal life.

The sparkles remind us that Christ shines throughout Christmas and He can in your life.

Lights and ornaments
Representing the glory, and wonder of what Jesus did on the cross.

Christmas bells symbolize the joy of Christmas.

I'm sure your Christmas trees will be amazing.

Please take care and as usual, if you would like to have a chat about a concern in your life, then it is always a privilege to be able to spend time with you.

Take Care,

Gary Crole
Christian College Bellarine Campus Chaplain.


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