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The base readings are:

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
Luke 1:26-38
Matthew 1:18-25
Luke 1: 39-56
Psalm 139:1-18
Matthew 13:55
Luke 2:1-7
Luke 2:8-20
Matthew 2:1-12

God's time, our time - This carol service includes the use of various items displayed to illustrate how the expectation of the birth of a child is marked today in Britain and the link between this and the biblical narrative traditionally used in a carol service.

Modern day element

Reasoning

Biblical reference

Diary

 

Planning for a child – every child a wanted child

Word of God in the prophets

Pregnancy testing kit

 

Establish if a baby is expected

Visit of Angel Gabriel

Telling others

 

Everyone can then share the joy and anticipation

Visit of Angel to Joseph

Appointment card

Get the professionals in on this!

Visit to Elizabeth

Picture of scan

See how the baby is developing

Psalm 139

Things bought for the nursery

Being ready for the child

Matthew 13:55 – Joseph a carpenter; a cradle, surely.

Bag packed ready

Being ready to travel to hospital

Luke 2:1-7

Congratulations card

Sending greetings

Luke 2:8-20

The midwife’s visit, or visit to the clinic

Making sure all is well

Matthew 2:1-12



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Carol Service
There are notes for the whole service - Download

The complete PowerPoint files for the All Age Service

Full: All the video files below are used - Download

Most:
Includes the full video songs. introductory video and prayers as videos - Download

Few: Includes the introductory video and prayers as videos - Download

No videos: All the videos have been removed - Download

No readings: The text of the NIV readings are removed just leaving the headings - Download

Remember to download all the video and audio file you wish to use and always keep them in the same folder as the PowerPoint file. Use one of these are your starting point and you can also easily remove any part that you don't need or insert your own material.
The Individual Resouces


O little  town of Bethlehem We offer a video for reflection of "O little town of Bethlehem" written by Philips Brooks and sung by Annie Lennox  - DownloadSample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0017937. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme.
A call to worship
A call to worship can be also found in the main PowerPoint and Notes files - Download

There is also a version read by members of the ACTS Drama Group from The Deepings Methodist Church - Download - Audio File (mp3)

Please ensure that you download both the PowerPoint and Audio file and always keep them in the same folder.


Once in Royal David’s city Once in Royal David’s city,  HP 114, CP 66, STF 214, RAS 167, SOF 438, MP 539, JP 185, TS 404, KS 676

Available as a full video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0017937.  The words are by Cecil Frances Alexander. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme.
A prayer
A prayer that can be also found in the main PowerPoint and Notes files - Download
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
A calendar is brought forward

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 is available as a PowerPoint file of NIV of the text - Download

There is also a slide before each reading which links with the introduction to the reading and shows the items that are brought forward.

All our scripture is taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. 
Long ago, prophets knew Long ago, prophets knew, HP 83, STF 178, CP 58, TS 867

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0017937. The words are copyright: Fred Pratt Green, © 1971 Stainer & Bell Ltd. and used with permission. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme and declare its use on your CCLI report.
Luke 1:26-38
A pregnancy testing kit is brought forward.

Luke 1:26-38 is available as a PowerPoint file of NIV of the text - Download
The Angel Gabriel from heaven came The Angel Gabriel from heaven came, HP 87, STF 187, RAS 139, CP 242

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0017937. The words are by Sabine Baring-Gould. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS.
Matthew 1:18-25
A telephone is brought forward

Matthew 1:18-25 is available as a PowerPoint file of NIV of the text - Download
As Joseph was a walking As Joseph was a walking, Oxford Carol Books, Link to  Sheet Music

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0017937. The words are from Ancient Mysteries Described. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme.
Luke 2:1-5 An appointment card is brought forward

Luke 1:39-56 is available as a PowerPoint file of NIV of the text - Download
Tell out my soul Tell out my soul,  HP 86, STF 186, RAS 740, CP 362, SOF 520, MP 631, TS 471, JP 229

Available as a full video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0017937. The words are copyright: © Timothy Dudley Smith, adm Oxford University Press and used with permission. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme and declare its use on your CCLI report.
Psalm 139:1-18
A picture of a scan is brought forward

Psalm 139:1-18 is available as a PowerPoint file of NIV of the text - Download
In the bleak midwinter In the bleak midwinter,  HP 107, SOF 243,  MP 337, STF 204, RAS 162, CP 55, TS 789, KS 556

Available as a full video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0017937. The words are by Christina Georgina Rossetti. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme.
Matthew 13:55 Something bought for the nursery is brought forward

Matthew 13:55 is available as a PowerPoint file of NIV of the text - Download
O little town of Bethlehem O little town of Bethlehem, HP 113, STF 213, TS 393, RAS 145, CP 63, SOF 420, KS 672, MP 503, JP 182

Available as a full video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0017937.The words are by Phillips Brooks.  Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme.
Luke 2:1-7
A bag packed for hospital is brought forward

Luke 2:1-7 is available as a PowerPoint file of NIV of the text - Download
Away in a manger Away in a manger, HP 94, STF 191, SOF 36, MP 47, JP 12, RAS 146, CP 45, TS 36, KS 15

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0017937. The words are by  J. T. McFarland. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme and declare its use on your CCLI report.
Luke 2:8-20
Cards of celebration are brought foward

Luke 2:8-20 is available as a PowerPoint file of NIV of the text - Download
Hark! The herald-angels sing Hark! The herald-angels sing, HP 106, STF 202, RAS 159, CP 53, SOF 155, MP 211, TS 144, KS  493, JP 69

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0017937. The words are by Charles Wesley. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS.
Matthew 2:1-12
An item is brought forward to symbolise  a visit of a midwife.

Matthew 2:1-12 is available as a PowerPoint file of NIV of the text - Download
Prayers for others Prayers for others

Available as a PowerPoint file - Download

And also a PowerPoint file - Download - which uses the video files of the children reading their own prayers - Amy Needham - Alexandra Cooper - Sean Armstrong - Eva Turner - The group - Sample

Ensure that you download all the video and PowerPoint files and always keep them in the same folder. If copying to another PC make sure you also copy all the video files that you wish to use.
The Lord's Prayer The Lord's Prayer is available in both the traditional and modern forms. The main PowerPoint uses the modern form, but this can easily be replaced with the traditional form.
Offertory
An offertory prayer

Available as a PowerPoint file - Download
O come, all ye faithful O come, all ye faithful, HP 110, STF 212, RAS 160, CP 62, SOF 408, MP 491, JP 176, TS 380, KS 665

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0017937.  The words are by Tr. Frederick Oakeley. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme.
Blessing
Blessing

Available as a PowerPoint file - Download

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