It was Sunday morning the 15th December 2018. The church was decorated with a wreath and a Christmas Tree.
The church listened to the announcements from Emily and watched as a younger member of the congregation was invited to come to the front and light the next of the candles to signify that we were getting that much closer to the day of birth of the baby Jesus.
She then handed over to Terry who was at the ready with his famous "doggy bag". He mentioned that it would be the last time we would be seeing his bag this year and that he had something special in it this time.
He called the little children in the church to the front to see what was in the bag.
There was much excitement as they peered into the bag. Eyes sparkled as the waited to announce their discovery.
"So what is it ? " he asked.
" A present" they all shouted
Terry proceeded to shake the wrapped box and everyone heard the rattling sound inside the box.
"What do you think it is ?" Terry asked.
"Sweeties" the all shouted. " Well lets have a look then" was the Welsh accented reply. " would you like to open the present ?"
" Yes" they all cried in unison, and immediately proceeded to rip off the outer wrapping paper to disclose a box of sweets.
"Now what does this teach us?" Terry asked. " It shows that one gift can be shared by everyone, like Jesus. Each one of you can take one sweet and then everyone else will still have a chance to be part of the sharing and receiving of a gift. Just like when Jesus was sent to earth, he was a gift to us all, and he was kind and shared his kindness with everyone around him.
Terry then went on to explain how the gift of Jesus was an unselfish one and that it should be something that we all practice on a daily basis.