The Gingerbread Nativity Paperback

A four-week exploration of Advent

by Renita Boyle

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The Gingerbread Nativity

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Presents a four-session exploration of Advent, based on the making of a gingerbread nativity. This title includes instructions, basic templates, recipes and top tips for making, baking and decorating, as well as fake or no bake alternatives; and Advent reflection and discussion starters for each session.

The perfect recipe for a memorable and tasty exploration of Advent and Christmas!

The Gingerbread Nativity uses the popular tradition of making and decorating gingerbread houses and biscuits to explore the themes of Advent and the story of the first Christmas. It includes instructions, diagrammatic illustrations, recipes and top tips for making, baking and decorating, as well as fake or no bake and allergy-free alternatives. It also includes Advent reflection and discussion starters for each session; 25 'taste-a-day' family activities; ideas for a gingerbread themed family service and 'choose and use' ideas for adapting the material for use in other settings.

The Gingerbread Nativity is ideal for Sunday schools and midweek clubs, but whether you choose to use it in four weekly sessions, as a half day workshop or in Messy Church, with small groups or large, single age or all age, at home or as part of a community fete, the material is sure to inspire Advent fun for everyone.

The Gingerbread Nativity by Renita Boyle was published by Barnabas in September 2013 and is our 15353rd best seller. The ISBN for The Gingerbread Nativity is 9780857461612.

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From the Book's Foreword

This book has all the right ingredients - recipes, techniques, stories, suggestions, templates - but one thing is missing: the wonderful, comforting, nostalgic aroma of freshly baked spicy gingerbread! Bring on the scratch and sniff page! More seriously, I recommend this book to children's and family workers, all-age ministry leaders, Messy Church teams, individuals and the whole family. Because we all have a challenge...

This book is a great tool to use in this way. Imagine this book to be the bakery shop window. Who will you invite to look in with you? Who needs to know what else is inside? The birth of Jesus is so important, and yet can we assume that all ages are looking in the window of discovery? Unfortunately they are not. They are just walking on by. We need to lead them and start them on this journey of discovery. Indeed, one of the core values of Messy Church is creativity, and all ages are responding to the invitation and coming back for more. - Jane Leadbetter (author of Messy Nativity (BRF, 2012) and runs L19: Messy Church and L19: Who Let The Dads Out?)

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Details for The Gingerbread Nativity

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBarnabas (September 2013)
Number of Pages96
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4018288
Page last updated 29th August 2013
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