Chris

Nativity Play

December 12, 2014 in Dean's Blog

Nativity_PlayThis year’s Nativity Play was a spontaneous production “almost from scratch” in that there had been just one rehearsal and many of those who came on Friday were draughted  in to take a part. Two adult readers acted as narrators -  Rebecca Kuttickal and Graham Roberts, who took the part of the innkeeper, who “was there”, and therefore able to give an eye witness account. The play came from Creative Ideas for Whole Church Family Worship by Jan Brind and Tessa Wilkinson, a book that I’d bought at the Greenbelt Festival in the summer. It is well written, involved the whole congregation in making animal and other noises and actions to represent the different characters, and yet caught the wonder of the first Christmas.
Chris

Remembering Trees

December 11, 2014 in Dean's Blog

Remembering_Trees_1Over the past six months several ladies in the congregation have been knitting squares in memory of special people in their lives, who have died or are still living. It has been another of Angela Murray’s inspired Diocesan projects and it has been lovely to see chaplaincies respond to the challenge to decorate a tree or in some cases several trees. The following pictures give a feel what the project has entailed here in Bahrain:

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Chris

Carols in the British Embassy Garden

December 11, 2014 in Dean's Blog

Embassy CarolsThe St Christopher’s School choir and quintet were once again present- they have had an exhausting week- for the annual British Embassy carols evening hosted by the Ambassador, Iain Lindsay. The temperature at this time of year is perfect for an outdoor gathering and the chances of rain are very small, so planning such an event is not too complicated. There was both community singing, and an opportunity to listen to the choir, two readings from the Lion Storyteller’s Bible. At the end I gave a blessing and publicly thanked Iain and Bridget Lindsay, for hosting the carols again and for their warm hospitality; this was their last Carols evening and it was an especially festive occasion and hopefully raised considerable funds for the two charities being supported.
Chris

Christmas Assembly

December 10, 2014 in Dean's Blog

Christmas AssemblyThe day after St Christopher’s School’s Winter Concert, Jon and I attended  It was a lovely evening of music but it has to be said Father Christmas / Santa Claus had a rather larger part than Jesus. It was good to be back for the Junior School Assembly with Jon to lead their Christmas assembly. The Choir sang some lovely carols, and I showed the youtube film An Unexpected Christmas, in which God in heaven surrounded by angels, plans the Incarnation. Although most of the angels are disappointed with God’s plan, one little angel has a different insight: “Brilliant! They won’t be expecting that!”     

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Chris

Grease – St Christopher’s School

December 4, 2014 in Dean's Blog

GreaseWe attended the St Christopher’s School Production of Grease and as you come to expect from St Christopher’s school it was a thoroughly polished performance with huge energy and talent expressed in the music, singing and acting, as well as the costumes, stage design, lighting and publicity. A very enjoyable evening – thank you!