07 November 2005

The magic of Narnia provides inspiration for Christmas services

The new Chronicles of Narnia film, to be released 9 December, will set the scene for Christmas worship across the country.

The connection between CS Lewis' Narnia stories and the Christian Gospel is well known and they beautifully illustrate the Christian story. Because of this, the organisation MethodistChildren has written a service for use by churches throughout Britain focusing on the theme of gift giving and receiving that is central to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Churches are encouraged to explore this theme by engaging with the journey of Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan as through the wardrobe they enter a world of ice and snow where it is always winter, but never Christmas. Congregations are asked to consider what the world would be like if Christmas never came and are reminded of the importance of the gift we are given at Christmas, past, present and future.

Doug Swanney, Children's Work Development Officer, comments that 'Christmas is a time associated with presents and giving and this service aims to highlight Jesus as the great gift of God for our salvation. But it's not just for Christmas Ð it's ideal for inclusive worship at any time of the year and the format is so flexible that it can easily be adapted to suit different congregations and styles of worship.'

The service can be found in the children's workers section of the Methodist Children's website (www. methodistchildren.org.uk) and when visiting, people they can also take the opportunity to fill in an online survey for those working with children. Continuing the Narnia theme, the Children's section of the site has a competition for children to win pairs of tickets to see the film in December.

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