Church of England Diocese of Southwark Streatham, Christ Church

St. Nicholas paid Christ Church a visit!

8 Dec 2020, noon
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Advent Conversation between Bishop Rob and Santa Claus (St Nicholas)

Bishop Rob

A very big welcome to you Santa and thank you so much for joining us today.

Before the children give you their gifts, may we ask you a few questions?

Santa

It is my absolute pleasure to be here and I am delighted to answer any questions you have for me.

Bishop Rob

Santa, because of Covid there has been a lot of talk on the media about Christmas being cancelled this year, or not being able to have Christmas. What would you say to that?

Santa

Christmas can never be cancelled. God gave us the greatest gift of all in Jesus and it's wonderful, and we can celebrate that with special food, decorations or presents but without any of those we would still have Jesus, who is all we need and really we should celebrate that every day.

Bishop Rob

Thank you Santa, I think you can hear from the applause to your answer that we all agree with you.

Now Santa, we have all heard how generous you are. Can you give us some advice on how to be generous too?

Santa

Certainly. I know that you have brought gifts for me to pass on to children who are having a hard time at the moment and that is a great way to be generous. The gifts you gave today cost money but there are so many ways to be generous that cost no money at all. It costs nothing to smile, to cheer someone up when they feel low, to help around the house at home, to work hard at school with a smile and enthusiasm, and to look out for others and notice if someone needs a friend. It is always lovely to see people and especially children’s faces light up when they receive gifts, but it is also wonderful to give gifts secretly so that the thanks you get are not heard but seen, on the faces of those you give to. Just like the children who will receive the gifts you have given to me today. So, on Christmas Day, take a moment to imagine the child opening your gift and say a little prayer for them.

All these are ways to be generous.

Bishop Rob

Thank you Santa. Now it is time to read again from the Bible and we would like to know if you have a favourite passage.

Santa - Well there are so many amazing stories it is hard to choose, but at this time of year it has to be Matthew 19 verses 13 -15

Bishop Rob

Santa could we ask you to read it to us?

Santa - I would love to;

Little children were being brought to Jesus in order that he might lay His hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs”. So Jesus laid His hands on them and blessed them.

Bishop Rob

Thank you so much.

Now, our choir are going to sing an offertory hymn and they would like to sing your favourite. May we ask what it is and why?

Santa

It has to be ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’ because I love the last verse which speaks about wanting to give Jesus a present and understanding that the greatest present we can give him is ourselves. I know that one of Bishop Rob’s favourite sayings is:

“Every day is a gift from God, how we live it is our gift to Him” and if we live as Jesus teaches us, we can give him a gift every day …. not just on his birthday.

Bishop Rob

Thank you, and now it's time for us to give Santa the gifts for him to take to other children, while we listen to Santa’s carol.

Carol: In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Bishop Rob A big ‘thank you’ to all.