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ONLINE NEWS AND IDEAS YOU CAN USE

Send home a prayer service: Blessing the Crèche

The annual unpacking of the family crèche is a joyful time. A prayer service in the Holiday Season 2014 edition of PGW Online can make this event even more special. Members of the family take turns placing figures of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, along with angels and animals, in the crèche scene. The service provides a prayer and response for each figure. You can make copies of the service to send home with students, or parents can print the service themselves. Click on Online Resources in the menu above, then select Seasonal Reproducibles.

Discover the real St. Nick in our December newsletter

Introduce your students to St. Nicholas, the fourth century Bishop of Myra (in present-day Turkey). In our December Newsletter you’ll find background on his life, his generosity, and his love of children. Related activities include making a St. Nicholas stocking with construction paper and yarn, or making Advent calendars that will encourage children to imitate St. Nicholas. Older students can create miters using card stock and a candy cane (representing Bishop Nicholas’ crosier) as gifts for the pastor or members of the parish.

Visit PGW Online for Advent and Christmas activities

Free reproducible Advent and Christmas activities, for preschool through junior high, are available in the Holiday Season 2014 edition of PGW Online – a service of Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. Activities include “My Advent Wreath” and “A Sleigh Full of Christmas Words” crossword for younger children, and “Christmas Story Quiz” and “Saints of Advent and Christmas” older students. Just click on Online Resources in the menu above then select Seasonal Reproducibles and register, if you haven’t already. It’s free!