Outlook 24
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One Christmas wish by Katherine Rundell Illustrated by Emily Sutton While many of us delight in the retelling of the Christmas story each year, some families also have favourite books to capture the festive season. My personal favourite is Christmas in Exeter Street by Diana Hendry and John Lawrence. A picture book just published could soon become one of these annual favourites. Called One Christmas Wish, it tells of Theo, a young boy who has been left at home on Christmas Eve. Feeling rather sad, he looks outside and sees a strangely shaped star and decides to make a wish. When he turns round he discovers the Christmas decorations stepping off the tree, ready to cause some mischief. Aimed at children aged 5-8, there’s warmth and humour in this delightful story, and a message about remembering what’s important in life, treasuring people and the values that matter. Author Katherine Rundell is rapidly accumulating awards. This is her first title for younger children, beautifully illustrated by Emily Sutton, a popular and talented artist. This book makes a lovely gift. Published by Bloomsbury, at £14.99, it is on sale at Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge. Catherine Larner Junior Church @ St Mary’s Woodbridge What does Advent mean to you? I can still remember opening the giant envelope that contained a wonderful (and very glittery) Christmas scene with tiny card- board windows to open for each day of December. There was no chocolate in Advent Calendars then. Gold foil-covered chocolate money had to wait until Christmas Day. Advent for us will be a time of practical preparation, as well as a spiritual one. Junior Church will be putting on a Nativity Play in St Mary’s on 17 December, for which we will be rehearsing and making costumes, starting on 26 November. Each week we will look at one of the key people in the Christmas story, feeling what it might have been like to be there as the story unfurls. The last day of Advent is 24 December. Come and join us for the Service of Light at 5.30 pm. We meet each week alongside the 10.00 am service. All ages are welcome. There’s a lot to look forward to! Are you ready? Virginia Spray