The children are excited to be involved in doing the new Advent lessons Miss Webb has prepared! See how they do as the vicar and the Sunday school teacher, Miss Esther, and her assistant, Alice, together with the vicar, help the children learn more about Christmas colours and their special meanings..........
|Miss Esther and Alice have been
VERY busy preparing for this Advent lesson for the Sunday School children!
Alice has had Miss Webb's "Colours of Christmas" poem printed out very large in order to pin it to the blackboard. She has also printed out two of the Christmas tree templates for the children to colour in after the vicar has given them a talk about the significance of the colours purple and blue.
Oh dear though.........who HAVE we here sat on the bottom of the stairs clutching a purple cabbage?..............
|.....it is none
other than young Robert Alexander!
He was very proud of himself as he was the first child to arrive at church!
You see, the week before Miss Esther was asking all the children, by way of preparation for this lesson, to find out something about the colours purple and blue.
Robert Alexander thought he was SO clever because he had noticed these purple cabbages on one of the market stalls when he and his mother were out shopping.
He HAD to bring it along to the Sunday School for this lesson on Advent and the colours blue and purple!
And.....would you believe it but he has even given his cabbage a name.......Charles! What a royal name for a purple cabbage! We are not sure what our Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, would think though......if only he knew?!
many animals and birds can you count here? All the church pets and
wildlife were al SO excited about this lesson that they HAD to attend too!
Esme, the local Mallard duck, was keen to see better so she decided to perch on the kneeler.
Tinker is trying to catch Emily's attention but Emily is too interested in what the vicar has to say to take any notice of her.
The vicar started to explain about the colour purple and how it is a royal colour to denote that Jesus was a King even though he was born to a poor family and in a stable with animals and hay.
also explained that the colour blue is sometimes used in some churches
during Advent as it denotes the sky and how the three kings, or wise men,
were guided by the star that led them to Jesus born in Bethlehem.
Oh dear........WHAT has happened to poor Esme, the duck? Naughty Robert Alexander has still managed to come into the church late for the vicar's teaching on the colours blue and purple. He has also ousted poor Esme off her perch too............and has the cheek to doze off whilst resting on the altar.
He is still clutching his "royal" cabbage now he has heard that purple also means "royal"!!!
|Adele was really
keen to see the vicar's purple silk stole so he was kind enough to take it
off and let her hold it. She was interested to know now why he wore a
purple one during Advent.
Tinker is still trying to catch the children's attention!
|Priscilla Jane and Tom have been allowed into the sanctuary because they promised to be really good! They wanted to look at the embroidered purple hardanger cross on the altar cloth.|
The children are all seated now as Miss Esther draws their attention
to the Christmas Colours poem that Alice has pinned up on the blackboard.
Ben is most particularly interested to read it as it explains what the colours mean as they prepare for Christmas.
Oh dear..........Charles the royal named cabbage has appeared again........it seems that Robert Alexander is not going anywhere without "him"!!
(to see the poem close up simply left click it and an enlargement will appear in a new window)
|Tom has been
asked to give out the Christmas tree templates with stars on. These
are for those of the Sunday School who want to represent the colour blue.
The stars appear in the blue sky!
Adele is giving out the Christmas tree template with crowns on to represent the colour purple and royalty.
Bardsley and Georgie are most interested to watch all that is going on as you can all see.
|Something is NOT
quite right here? Can anyone see what it is?
Oh dear.............again...Robert Alexander has decided to do his own thing.
Can you see what he is drawing? He has been VERY naughty and turned the paper over which Tom so carefully gave out to him with a Christmas tree template and drawn his cabbage instead!
Ummmmm.......WHAT will the vicar be saying to him when he sees what he has done?
|Well done Amelia!
Amelia is one of the most intellectual of the children in the Sunday
School and she prides herself on being able to get everything right!
Here you can see she has already coloured in her Christmas tree with crowns on and it busy carefully cutting it out!
Georgie is most interested to watch. Robert Alexander must be SO jealous that his dog, Georgie, is not interested in HIS wonderful drawing of a purple cabbage called Charles!
|Amelia may have nearly finished her Christmas tree but the other children are just enjoying a relaxing time colouring in and chatting to Miss Esther and Alice about Advent and the soon to arrive, Christmas Day!|
Thanks to Frances of Buttercup Miniatures for giving us the idea of naming the cabbage. She assured us that her daughter was very happy to name her plants so we felt it was very in keeping with the spirit of St. Hils and were most pleased to add this little nonsense to the story........Thanks also to Catherine Davies, for the wonderful fimo "purple" cabbage! Of course we all know that it is actually called a "red cabbage" - but hey - it looks purple to Robert Alexander and all of his Sunday School chums!