Claines Church

In the tradition of Posada we re-enact the journey that Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem, but for us Mary and Joseph travel around Claines, Northwick, Fernhill Heath and other parts of Worcester.

Log in to the Posada this year, and join in with this tradition; and make room in your house, for Mary and Joseph.
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Hello from us all at Claines Church…

In the tradition of Posada we re-enact the journey that Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem, but for us Mary and Joseph travel around Claines, Northwick, Fernhill Heath and other parts of Worcester.

When you log in to the Posada this year, you are joining in with this tradition; making room in your house, for Mary and Joseph.

This year it has to be very different, but you can still join in from home: look at the pictures of our special olive wood Mary and Joseph that were made in Bethlehem; look at the stories, video, prayers and activity sheets; and maybe make your own crib scene at home – if so, do send us some photos!

We hope that everyone who hosts Mary and Joseph will create their own celebration and enjoy the opportunity to think about the real meaning of Christmas.

PS…You might also like to make a sheep to add to our life size Nativity Scene that will be outside Claines Church.

Christmas Day

1

Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, King of peace:

to you be praise and glory for ever.

The new light of your incarnate Word

gives gladness in our sorrow,

and a presence in our isolation.

Fill our lives with your light,

until they overflow with gladness and praise.

Blessed be God for ever.

2

God our Father,

today the Saviour is born

and those who live in darkness are seeing a great light.

Help us, who greet the birth of Christ with joy,

to live in the light of your Son

and to share the good news of your love.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,

the light who has come into the world.

Amen.

3

Lord Jesus, Light of light,

you have come among us.

Help us who live by your light

to shine as lights in your world.

Glory to God in the highest.

Amen.

4

People of God: shout and sing!

Tell the good news of peace on earth.

Lord, bring us today into Christ’s peace.

All God’s people say/shout:

Amen!

Angels dance

and the bright star shines.

All creation bows to the Lord of all.

Lord, bring us today into Christ’s light.

All God’s people say/shout:

Amen!

One with us,

yet born to save,

he will show us the way to God.

Lord, bring us today into Christ’s love.

All God’s people say/shout:

Amen!

People of God: shout and sing:

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Amen.


The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Prayers

1

Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, merciful and gentle:

to you be praise and glory for ever.

Your light has shone in our darkened world

through the child-bearing of blessed Mary;

grant that we who have seen your glory

may daily be renewed in your image

and prepared like her for the coming of your Son,

who is the Lord and Saviour of all.

Blessed be God for ever.


2

God our Father,

the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary

that she was to be the mother of your Son.

Though Mary was afraid,

she responded to your call with joy.

Help us, whom you call to serve you,

to share like her in your great work

of bringing to our world your love and healing.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,

the light who is coming into the world.

Amen.


3

Lord Jesus, light of the world,

blessed is Gabriel, who brought good news;

blessed is Mary, your mother and ours.

Bless your Church preparing for Christmas;

and bless us your children, who long for your coming.

Amen.


4

People of God: prepare!

God, above all, maker of all,

is one with us in Christ.

Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus!

God, the mighty God,

bends down in love to earth.

Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus!

God with us, God beside us,

comes soon to the world he has made.

Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus!

We are God’s children,

we seek the coming Christ.

Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus!


The Third Sunday of Advent

A Prayer for Joy

Psalm 51:12 says, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

Lord, would you restore the joy of our salvation?
Help us to be willing to follow you with all we have.
As we read the Scriptures that remind us who you are,
And the ways you love us,
Ignite in us a sense of joy that overflows out of our hearts!
Let this holy joy be contagious and spill over onto the lives of those around us.
May your peace that surpasses all understanding be upon us...
Especially as we're wrapping up a year that has felt very scary and uncertain.
Encourage our hearts with the knowledge,
That with you we can live in your perfect peace,
No matter our circumstances.
We thank you for the joy and peace you give.

Amen.


Prayers

1

Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, just and true:

to you be praise and glory for ever.

Your prophet John the Baptist was witness to the truth

as a burning and shining light.

May we your servants rejoice in his light,

and so be led to witness to him

who is the Lord of our coming kingdom,

Jesus our Saviour and King of the ages.

Blessed be God for ever.

2

God our Father,

you gave to Zechariah and Elizabeth in their old age

a son called John.

He grew up strong in spirit,

prepared the people for the coming of the Lord,

and baptized them in the Jordan to wash away their sins.

Help us, who have been baptized into Christ,

to be ready to welcome him into our hearts,

and to grow strong in faith by the power of the Spirit.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,

the light who is coming into the world.

Amen.

3

Lord Jesus, light of the world,

John told the people to prepare,

for you were very near.

As Christmas grows closer day by day,

help us to be ready to welcome you now.

Amen.

4

People of God: return!

You are called to be God’s own.

From the mountains announce the good news.

God comes in justice and peace,

to all who follow his ways.

You are God’s children.

Lord, make us one in the peace of Christ

today and for ever.

Amen.


The Second Sunday of Advent

Prayers

1

Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, just and true:

to you be praise and glory for ever.

Of old you spoke by the mouth of your prophets,

but in our days you speak through your Son,

whom you have appointed the heir of all things.

Grant us, your people, to walk in his light,

that we may be found ready and watching

when he comes again in glory and judgement;

for you are our light and our salvation.

Blessed be God for ever.

Amen.

2

God our Father,

you spoke to the prophets of old

of a Saviour who would bring peace.

You helped them to spread the joyful message

of his coming kingdom.

Help us, as we prepare to celebrate his birth,

to share with those around us

the good news of your power and love.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,

the light who is coming into the world.

Amen.

3

Lord Jesus, light of the world,

the prophets said you would bring peace

and save your people in trouble.

Give peace in our hearts at Christmas

and show all the world God’s love.

Amen.

4

People of God: be glad!

Your God delights in you,

giving you joy for sadness

and turning the dark to light.

Be strong in hope therefore;

for your God comes to save.

You are God’s children.

Lord, make us one in the love of Christ

today and for ever.

Amen.


The First Sunday of Advent

Father, let your hope arise in our hearts!

Lift our eyes up to see that you alone are where our hope comes from.

Help us to shake off the anxiety, discouragements, and distractions that have filled this year.

May we pause to remember that we have hope in you.

Blessed are you, sovereign Lord,

God of our ancestors: to you be praise and glory for ever.

You called the patriarchs to live by the light of faith,

And to journey in the hope of your promised fulfillment.

May we be obedient to your call,

And be ready and watchful to receive your Christ,

a lamp to our feet and a light to our path;

For you are our light and our salvation.

Blessed be God for ever.

Amen

The Journey

What is the 'Posada' Journey?


For those of you are unfamiliar, Posada is the wonderful opportunity for families to journey with Mary and Joseph through Advent.

Taking inspiration from the Las Posadas festival celebrated across Latin America, Posada (meaning shelter or lodging) is about reflecting, as a church, family or community, on the journey undertaken by Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem from Nazareth.


With the wonder of digital trickery... Our lovely wooden figures of Mary and Joseph can join you in your home :)

The Journey This Year

So this year under these difficult times and circumstances, and with a little clever digital editing, Mary and Joseph can still be in your home.

We invite you to send your photos and stories of how you will celebrate and follow their journey.

For example this was photo of Mary and Joseph in a family's lounge last year.


Build Your Own Nativity Scene

Make your own crib scene at home, and share your photos here...You might even have the creative urge to create a nativity scene in your garden.

Feel free to share your thoughts and prayers during Advent.

Each day and each week , stories from families, members of the parish and schools will appear in our blog 'The Journey' on this website.

We will also record the journey of Joseph and Mary on our interactive map of Claines and other parts of Worcester, and where ever our stories hail from.

For your stories and photos to appear here on 'The Journey', please send them to:

The Journey


Thursday - December 24th 2020

Mary and Joseph have had a long journey this last month of Advent and they've met some lovely people along the way. Today at last, they have managed to find somewhere to stay for the night. It might only be a draughty old stable but the locals seem friendly and they'll provide plenty of warmth. Night night and May God Bless you and protect you Mary and Joseph.


Wednesday - December 23rd 2020

Mary and Joseph are coming to the end of their travels - today on School Bank, they are looking at the traffic whizzing by, but they do hope that in these terrible times, we can all find time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.


Tuesday - December 22nd 2020

Tonight Mary and Joseph travelled along Ombersley Road and Grange Avenue, they love the special twinkly lights.


Tuesday - December 22nd 2020

The Star of Bethlehem or The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn?

Jupiter isn’t a star. Neither is Saturn. But for one night only, on the winter solstice, they will be.

If we look up at the sky at the right time, we will see the great conjunction of 2020. Low on the horizon for most observers, Jupiter and Saturn have been visibly moving toward each other for days. On the evening of December 21, these two planets will be so close that they will appear to the naked eye as almost one—a bright star in the heavens.

The last time there was a visible great conjunction? 1226. Francis of Assisi had just passed, and the great doctor of the church, Thomas Aquinas, was recently born.

Before that, the most famous great conjunction occurred in 7 B.C.—auspiciously close to the birth of Jesus. Close enough that some believe that the great conjunction is the Star of Bethlehem. Could it be?

Star of Wonder, Star of Night
It seems like every year we’re eager to offer another speculation or theory for this piece of the Christmas story—a detail in a single Gospel account that has come to loom large in our re-tellings and depictions of Christ’s birth.

Nativity scenes in storybooks and light-up lawn displays are topped with a telltale twinkling star. It’s a sign that from the moment Christ was born, he caught people’s attention and drew them to worship.

Our obsession with the star phenomenon is somewhat unusual since we modern people rarely look up to study the skies, given the glitter that exists today below the horizon. But the movement of stars in the sky attracted attention in the ancient world.

Today, stargazing is a quaint activity of a bygone era, but in the ancient world it was the raw materials for calendars and omens, mythologies and agriculture, dreams and divination.

The stars had many uses. Stars also had many interpretations. For ancient peoples, stars were the greatest reminder that there was purpose in creation, a purpose that unfolded night after night as they watched the stars trek across the night sky.

Even as the stars fascinated—and sometimes frightened—ancient peoples, from the Babylonians to the Romans, their wise men worked diligently to understand their movements and signs. The same is true of the most famous star from the ancient world, the Christmas star—if it even was a star. To this day, it is a mystery.


Monday - December 21st 2020

As Mary and Joseph are approaching the end of their Advent travels, they have been thinking about their journey, passing by schools, shops and lots of houses - but also the contrast of businesses at Blackpole to the lovely rural views in Claines, even seeing glimpses of the Malvern Hills in the distance.


Sunday - December 20th 2020

Whilst travelling along Hindlip Lane today Mary and Joseph paused for a few minutes by Holy Claines Barn, feeling very at home.


Sunday - December 20th 2020

Mary and Joseph and the Christingle Light thanks to Beck Lowe sending this picture.


Sunday - December 20th 2020

A Moment of Peace on Earth - The Christmas Armistice 1914 by David Hudson

On this Fourth Sunday of Advent we reflect on the hope and the message of Peace throughout the World.

As Christmas fast approaches, and the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Many of us see and hear the message, "Peace on Earth" especially around Christmas time.

And sometimes we have to wonder where this peace is. A quick glance around reminds us we live in a far from perfect world. And for some of us we struggle to find peace with ourselves.

We struggle with the uncertainty of tomorrow and the turmoil going on in the world around us.

These days, World news brings few positive reports, if any. And we wonder if "Peace on Earth" is even a possibility.

So let me take you back in time to the Western Front 106 years ago. When a miracle happened.

How did the Christmas truce of 1914 happen?

The Christmas truce of 1914 is often celebrated as a symbolic moment of peace in an otherwise incredibly violent war between Britain and Germany.

But its first-hand testimonies can help us get closer to what really happened during World War One.

Now, over 100 years on, one of the most moving accounts of that time has emerged, in an interview with a veteran recorded in the 1960s.

Henry Williamson was a former British soldier and part of the London Rifles, which was an infantry regiment in World War One.

He later became a junior officer with the Bedfordshire Regiment.

He recalls what life was really like on the Western Front and how the Christmas truce came about.

On Christmas Eve the damp weather gave way to the cold, and a festive frost started to settle.

Unbeknown to Henry this would be one winter that he would remember for the rest of his life.

Henry and his team were tasked with a job to do in No Man’s Land. Henry says,

‘It put the wind up everybody.

The job was to knock in these posts into the frozen soil, whilst being 50 yards away from the Germans, so we crept out, and at the same trying to avoid our boots ringing on the frozen ground.

We were expecting any moment to fall flat and for the machine guns to open up.

But nothing happened, within two hours were walking about, laughing and talking, there was nothing from the German lines.”


Henry and his colleagues were puzzled,

“Around eleven o clock I saw a Christmas tree going up on the German trenches and there was a light.

We all stood still and watched this. A German voice began to sing the song, ‘Heilige Nacht!”

British troops immediately recognised the melody as 'Silent Night, Holy Night' and began singing in English. Henry says,

“The German troops were saying 'come over Tommy, come over'.

And we still thought it was a trap, but some of us went over at once, and they came to this barbed wire fence between us which was five strands of wire, hung with empty bully beef tins to make a rattle if they came.

And very soon we were exchanging gifts.”

The singing seemed to quickly neutralize hostilities, an undeclared truce erupted and in a shocking turn of events, peace broke out.

It is quite a remarkable story and event. One that has not been repeated over the many years of wars throughout the world.

It is a story that has been told only a few times. And one that was beautifully depicted and narrated a few years ago in an episode of Doctor Who. You can see the clip below.

If you really want peace on earth, create peace in your heart, in your being. That is the right place for peace to begin, and like the dove, peace can spread its wings, and share this peace around our families, communities, cities, countries and eventually the whole wide world.

A Christmas Armistice - Part 1

Video courtesy of Copyright © 2020 BBC.

BBC, DOCTOR WHO, DALEK and TARDIS (word marks, logos & devices) are trademarks of the British Broadcasting Corporation. Logos © 1996. Doctor Who logos © BBC 1969 and 2009.

A Christmas Armistice - Part 2

Video courtesy of Copyright © 2020 BBC.

BBC, DOCTOR WHO, DALEK and TARDIS (word marks, logos & devices) are trademarks of the British Broadcasting Corporation. Logos © 1996. Doctor Who logos © BBC 1969 and 2009.


Saturday - December 19th 2020

Well just look where Mary and Joseph went today... John Comyn Drive, and there they called by North Worcester Primary Academy, to say hello to Mrs Calvert, and all the staff and children.

Then they passed by the Belmont, where the new Residential Care home is being built.


Friday - December 18th 2020

Having had a very difficult day in the rain, Mary and Joseph made their way into Fernhill Heath, passing by the lovely Christmas Tree by Ivy Lane, then onto Fernhill Heath Post Office, even popping inside to dry off a little.


Thursday - December 17th 2020

Today Judy Hooper found Mary and Joseph when they stopped at the little Co-op, and just look where they were... well after a long journey wouldn't you be peckish for a little food?


Thursday - December 17th 2020

Breaking News

3 Kings from the far East arrived today. Though they cited they were having some translation issues when acquiring local transport.

Apparently Melchior, Gaspar and Balhazar, were unable to find Camels available at the last minute.

Though thankfully they were able to hitch a ride in Cabriolet.

Eye witnesses were surprised to see the three kings arrive in style, though many agree they looked a little nervous on route to Claines.

When later asked, Gaspar confirmed that he requested Camels with seats, and was amused when he was offered a Cabriolet with Camel leather seats.


Wednesday - December 16th 2020

Another soggy day for Mary and Joseph’s journey, today passing along Ombersley Road and calling by the vets, where two dogs were barking loudly to greet them.


Tuesday - December 15th 2020

Mary and Joseph popped into the Garden Centre on their travels and met a lovely lady called Maggie and a Polar Bear!


Monday - December 14th 2020

A Quick Hello to the Claines British Legion

Mary and Joseph have continued their journey today, passing by the play area on Cornmeadow Lane, though there were no children there today and passing by the Claines British Legion.


Sunday - December 13th 2020

The Third Sunday of Advent and Joy with Others

Over five years ago, my daughter was born. I remember the evening well. The first moment we bonded together, when her little hand wrapped around my finger.

Like every proud parent, I can recall the moment, when I had the chance to reach out to everyone. Picking up the phone, messaging and calling family members and closest friends to share with them the exciting announcement of her arrival.

The joy in our lives as parents, well that not even a thousand words could describe. And I couldn't wait to include others in the moment.

I learned a valuable life lesson that evening: Joy is meant to be shared with others. In fact, our joy becomes more complete when it is shared with others. The moment was one I will never forget… but having others to share in it brought even more excitement.

This truth about the important of sharing joy with others can easily be seen in life’s most exciting moments. But the experience of sharing joy can also be seen in smaller moments:

When we find a great new restaurant, we recommend it.

When we read a lovely new book, we share it.

When we discover a better way to live, we invite others.

The practice of sharing new things with others improves their lives. It allows them to discover the same joy. But it also enhances ours as well. It makes our joy complete.

It brings new fullness to our lives.

Simply put, joy is meant to be shared. It is unselfish on every level to invite others to experience the same.

In these difficult times, especially in the circumstances of quarantine and lockdown we have found more opportunities not less, we have discovered the joy of more time at home, more freedom to express who we are through other mediums, other channels.

In some cases we have learnt new skills, new talents, new hobbies or interests. Perhaps taking a trip down memory lane and rediscovering and rekindling old passions…

But ultimately despite 2020 being more of an unusual year, we have taken it upon ourselves to make the best of the situation, and as we share, so to do we share more more joy.

It is a wonderful feeling to invite others to discover the same.

Especially when other people's lives can be improved, and our joy is made more complete.

This third Sunday of Advent we are reminded of such joy, in the gospel according to Luke. But at the same time this joy is not meant to be temporary or short lived.

Positive experiences happen to us everyday yet we don't always take full advantage of them.

So this week explore the possibilities, consider a new year resolution for 2021. Imagine the possibilities of spreading joy to one another each and every day.


Saturday - December 12th 2020

A Quick Hello to the Claines 8th Worcester Scout Group

So after all the fun in Fernhill Heath this weekend, Mary and Joseph made their way back into Claines, down Cornmeadow Lane. They would like to say hello to all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides.


Friday - December 11th 2020

Star Street by Caroline Causier

I was working in the kitchen preparing my vegetables for tea, when I heard a knock at my door. ‘ whoever is this, this time in the morning I thought.’ I went to the door...there was Mary and Joseph. Straight away I took them in they looked so cold and tired. One of the children from the road came round, Eva was thrilled to see them too.

Mary and Joseph came in and they wondered what all the activity was in my kitchen, mince pies, mulled wine, hot chocolate, chocolate rolls.
I told them we were having a ‘switch on’ in the road of our Christmas lights ready for the Fernhill Heath Christmas Bingo trail. They were excited. I asked them if they would like to join us. They said they would be delighted.

At 5 o’clock, the road started to become alight with stars. Mary looked at Joseph, and Joseph looked at Mary, a beaming smile of peace and serenity came over their faces. ‘We are here’ , they said together, with such a relief. ‘We are amongst the people. We are in Star Street’.

Mary and Joseph joined in our neighbourly ‘switch on’ enjoying the Christmas festivities with us all.


Thursday - December 10th 2020

A Visit to Porters Mill

Mary and Joseph have travelled to Porters Mill, here they were taking great care not to fall in! They will be back in Fernhill Heath tomorrow..


Wednesday - December 9th 2020

Dropping by Cherry Orchard

This afternoon, Mary and Joseph made their way to the new houses at Cherry Orchard, near the Farm Shop, they took great care as some houses are still being built there ...


Wednesday - December 9th 2020

Nativity Family by Jan Hayden

A few years ago I knitted a Nativity Family to use with our children at Little Fish.

Each year they have come up to Claines Church and actively took part in the "entertainment" for Little Fish.

Sometimes they would be naughty and hide themselves around the Church so the children had to find them and then bring them to the altar steps to help create the tableau.

Other times they were really mischievous and would wrap themselves in pieces of paper and make themselves in to a big parcel and then instructed the leaders to play music so the children could "Pass the parcel" and unwrap the nativity characters.

Baby Jesus always managed to get himself into the centre parcel and was kept lovely and warm.

They are really interested in the Posada Journey this year on facebook and hope to be back entertaining the children in Church again next year.


Tuesday - December 8th 2020

Mary and Joseph Exploring by Reverend Jo Musson

Mary and Joseph have been exploring some of the new developments around the parish today on their way to Bethlehem.

They were well received by everyone: Paul the Groundsman at the new Claines Lane Worcestershire Football Association ground was very welcoming and let them stand on the Astro Turf. Joseph scored a goal.

Around the corner on the Ombersley Road they stopped off for a quick look at the new International Hockey Centre.

Then the highlight of their day - the 'Aldi Team' who are working at the site on JVM Castings where the new Aldi is being built, gave them a ride in the bucket of their Digger.

Let's hope they find somewhere to sleep tonight. They're going to be very tired.


Monday - December 7th 2020

Now Mary and Joseph called by Milton Close today, then onto Fairbairn Avenue before visiting Cornmeadow Early Years, quite a walk for them!


Sunday - December 6th 2020

Seeking and Finding Shelter in Winter by David Hudson

As winter approaches and temperatures plunge across the United Kingdom, staying warm and indoors isn’t always an option for the nation’s homeless populations. Hypothermia can affect people in temperatures as high as 15.5 degrees Celsius, or 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This is especially true if they aren’t wearing appropriate clothes to keep them warm.

The combination of COVID-19 and cold weather creates a devastating double threat. As a result, doctors and campaigners have warned that rough sleepers in the UK face potentially fatal circumstances without urgent action.

Many rough sleepers are faced with the decision between staying outside in the cold or moving into shelters where the risk of contracting COVID-19 may be high.

In March, the UK government implemented an extremely successful “everyone in” policy. Up to 15,000 rough sleepers were given immediate emergency accommodation. These accommodations included hotel rooms where homeless people could safely practice social distancing and isolation. According to one study, this action saved an estimated 266 from death.

Many charities and campaigners argue for a repeat of this policy to save vulnerable rough sleepers from the plummeting temperatures and increased threat of COVID-19. However, the government has announced other plans for helping homeless people this winter.

It comes as no surprise that winter conditions aren’t favorable for homeless people. As temperatures plummet and winds pick up speed, those forced to live outdoors must fear what the cold weather brings.

Many homeless people struggle to find blankets, coats, and other warm clothing items to keep warm in freezing temperatures. Without suitable warm clothing, the risk of hypothermia is even higher.

In addition to hypothermia, rough sleepers living outdoors in the winter can develop uncontrollable shivers, frostbite, and more. It doesn’t take long for hypothermia and frostbite to set in.

Nobody deserves to live in these conditions, especially during a pandemic. But for many men, women, and children in the UK and beyond, there is no other option.

Those facing homelessness are also more likely to develop or have specific mental health problems worsen.

Image courtesy of © Getty Images 2020.

If you spot a homeless person living on the streets this winter, there are ways you can help them.

For those in the UK, the best thing to do is to contact StreetLink so that rough sleepers can be helped off the streets quickly. The details you provide are sent to the local authority or outreach service for the area you’ve spotted someone to help them find the person and connect them to safe support.

Wherever you are, consider creating care packages and keeping them in your care so you can easily hand them out to rough sleepers on the streets. These care packages are especially useful for rough sleepers who don’t feel comfortable living in shelters.

In the care packages, include gloves, socks, and hand warmers to help ward off frostbite. Of course, food packets and other food items are excellent items to include.

Miniature hygiene products including toothpaste, shampoo, and body wash, are also useful to include. But avoid donating full-size bottles. Generally, rough sleepers want to carry as little as possible, so miniaturized items are often more useful.

You could also consider putting in shop gift cards in care packages too. That way, rough sleepers have the chance to choose clothes and other warm items themselves.

Many homeless people don’t have adequate footwear and often wear beaten up tennis shoes or other types of footwear that aren’t suitable for cold temperatures. If you have an extra pair of boots or shoes, these are always great to donate to homeless people, especially during the winter.

Homeless charities, shelters, and organizations are always taking donations for cold-weather items too. A warm coat is especially useful to donate, as are blankets.

Only time will tell if the UK government will take suitable action to protect vulnerable homeless people from both the cold temperatures and the threat of COVID-19 this winter.

But in the mean time we can all act, after all we are all human, and we all have the basic right to shelter, and a place we can call home.

To find out more how you can help, and see what these wonderful groups do to help the homeless and vulnerable, click on the links below:


Saturday - December 5th 2020

Room at the Inn?
Today Mary and Joseph passed by the New Inn, they may come down your road during Advent.

Las Posadas commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus.

When they were unable to find lodging in Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary were forced to seek shelter in a stable, where the baby Jesus was born.

Las Posadas is actually celebrated from Wednesday, December 16 to Thursday, December 24, 2020.

Don’t forget you can message us here and ask them to come to your road or street... Have you joined in their journey yet, do log into the Virtual Posada:

http://posada.claineschurch.co.uk/

And remember you can send in your thoughts, ideas and photos, by emailing:

claineschurchposada@gmail.com

We would love to see pictures and nativity scenes if you have made one for your home.

A Prayer for Shelter
Lord, on the night you born, there was no room in the inn.
May we remember those who do not have a safe place to sleep tonight.
Jesus, you were born in a stable.
May we be builders of decent homes.
Lord, you wandered in the desert, fighting temptation.
We seek your direction and your strength as we strive to do your will.
Jesus, you ministered to all those who would hear you.
May we work tirelessly for all those in need of decent housing.
Jesus, you came that we might have life.
We offer ourselves to be your hands and feet in our world.
God of all, give us the courage to speak out for those who have no
voice.
Help us remove the obstacles that stand in the way,
Of all your children having a simple, decent place in which to live.
Give us strength to take action.
We ask this in the name of Jesus.

Amen.


During the Posada, we can teach and learn at any age about the importance of building and providing shelter for the homeless, the vulnerable, and those in need of a place to stay.

Here's Daphne testing out a shelter she built for Mary and Joseph using cushions, parts of the sofa, and a very warm purple blanket.


Friday - December 4th 2020

So where have Mary and Joseph been today, not only passing through Green Lane, but also a mystery location, can anyone guess where it is...?

Have you joined in their journey yet, do log into the Virtual Posada... posada.claineschurch.co.uk
And remember you can send in your thoughts, ideas and photos, by emailing...
claineschurchposada@gmail.com

Prayer
Lord our God, strengthen our hearts today through your Word.
You are our Father and we are your children,
And we want to trust you in every aspect of our lives.
Protect us on all our ways,
And grant that we may always watch and wait for the coming of your kingdom,
For the future of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Keep us from becoming confused by present-day events.
Help us to remain free, that we may serve you and not be led astray,
No matter what happens in the world.
Grant us your Holy Spirit in everything,
For without your Spirit we can do nothing.
Help us, and accept our praise for the many ways you have given us help.

Amen.


Thursday - December 3rd 2020

A busy day for Mary and Joseph today - saying goodbye to Fernhill Heath for a while, passing along Danes Green, called by Claines School and then headed down Cornmeadow Lane. They went by Claines Parish Hall, St Anne’s Road and into Morrin Close - sadly all in the rain...


The Journey Update
We have received a lovely message from Heidi Briggs asking if Mary and Joseph will come by the Church Hall on Cornmeadow Lane?

Well they are close by, so watch this space tomorrow :)


Wednesday - December 2nd 2020

Today Joseph and Mary have travelled around Fernhill Heath...would you like them to pass by your road? Thank you for your messages, login tomorrow to see where they pop up next.

Do message us here, for ideas where they might go, they might pop up near Cornmeadow Lane tomorrow!


Tuesday - December 01st 2020

Visit to the Vicarage by Reverend Jo Musson

Earlier this evening as I sat working in my study, I thought I heard a noise outside. It sounded like someone was scratching or tapping at the door, I wondered if it was a bird or a cat maybe so I got up to go and have a look. I couldn't see anything through the window so I unlocked the door and looked out.

What joy! Mary and Joseph had popped round. Apparently they'd been to The Mug House but it was closed. So I took them both a mug of hot chocolate and a piece of homemade banana loaf which they really enjoyed, and wished them God's blessing for the journey ahead of them.

They were in good spirits and said they were both looking forward to having the baby.

Prayer

Loving God,

Watch over all those who are traveling at this time,

Especially those with nowhere to lay their heads.

Keep them safe, protect them from harm and give them hope in a better life.

Amen


Monday - November 30th 2020

Did you know... By David Hudson

Meanwhile back in Claines, Worcester, Mary and Joseph set off on their journey yesterday and were recently spotted passing by the Mug House.

Did you know, that Mary and Joseph would have travelled 90 miles to the city of Joseph’s ancestors: south along the flatlands of the Jordan River, then west over the hills surrounding Jerusalem, and on into Bethlehem.

It would have been a fairly grueling trip. In antiquity, the most anyone would travel would have been 20 miles a day. And this trip was very much uphill and downhill. So it was not simple journey.

It is estimated that Joseph and Mary likely would have traveled only 10 miles a day because of Mary’s impending delivery.

And the trip through the Judean desert would have taken place during the winter, when it’s in the 30s temperature wise during the day and there probably would have been a lot of rain fall in the evening. It would have been difficult and probably miserable. Especially at night as it would be freezing.

To protect themselves during inclement weather, Mary and Joseph would likely have worn heavy woolen cloaks, constructed to shed rain and snow. Under their cloaks, the ancient residents would have worn long robes, belted at the waist. Tube-like socks and enclosed shoes to protect the feet too.

And the unpaved, hilly trails and harsh weather were not the only hazards Joseph and Mary would have faced on their journey south.

One of the most terrifying dangers in ancient Palestine was the heavily forested valley of the Jordan River. Wild animals lived in the woods, and travelers had to fend off wild boars. Archaeologists have since unearthed documents that warned travelers of the forest’s dangers.

Bandits of the desert and robbers were also common hazards along the major trade routes like the one Joseph and Mary would have traveled, according to some experts.

The threat of outlaws often forced solitary travelers to join trade caravans for protection.

Mary and Joseph had to bring their own provisions. In the wine skins, they carried water. And they carried a lot of bread too.

Breakfast would be dried bread, lunch would have been oil with bread, and herbs with oil and bread in the evening.

The hardships did not end when Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem.

Under normal circumstances, the pair would have expected to stay in the spare bedroom of a relative or another family. However, an overcrowded Bethlehem would have forced Joseph and Mary to seek lodging at a primitive inn.

It is widely agreed that Jesus was born in a cave used for housing animals. But how realistic are the Renaissance images of Joseph, Mary and the newborn Jesus surrounded by a menagerie of camels, oxen, cows, chickens, pheasants and peacocks?

Not very, according to some experts. Since the stable was part of the inn, the only animals likely to be found there would have been donkeys used for travel--and perhaps a few sheep.


Monday - November 30th 2020

Nativity Creativity by Reverend Julia Quinn

A little further out into Stourport-on-Severn and the wonderful Rev'd Julia Quinn has been very creative with Playmobil to create a Nativity Story video.

It is free of any copyright and the Rev'd Julia is happy for as many people as possible to view it. Please feel free to share it towards Christmas with your groups, nurseries, schools, and families.

The link to the downloadable file of The Christmas Story is below:

All you have to do is Open the link...
Look for the three vertical pips symbol and click on it, and choose the download option. Its about 320mb so make sure you have enough space on your device.

Enjoy :)


Sunday - November 29th 2020

Welcome Prayer by Claines Church

Mary and Joseph, on your journey you are welcome to rest in our home for the night. As we welcome you into our home, we look forward to the coming of Jesus, the Christ child.

Prayers

As Mary and Joseph waited for the birth of their Son,
So we wait for the coming of Jesus at Christmas.
O heavenly Father, bless us and our family in these worrying times,
And in all the business and bustle of this time of year,
Fill us with your love and peace, for the sake of the Prince of Peace, our Lord Jesus.

Amen

As Mary and Joseph could find no place to rest on their journey,
So we think of those many people who still have nowhere to call home.
Father God, we pray for refugees in all parts of the world,
For families who are fleeing from danger, persecution or starvation.
We pray for the homeless in our own country and city who must sleep on the streets and in doorways.
We pray that by our prayers and actions that their lives may be made better,
And that they may know the love which Jesus came to bring.

Amen

Their journey begins...


Sunday - November 29th 2020

Advent by David Hudson
For the first journey entry, I would like to share with you my thoughts of Advent , and as we reflect on the coming journey to Bethlehem by Mary and Joseph.

Once upon a time, there was a season in the church year known as “Advent.” The word comes to us from the Latin for “coming.” The purpose of the season was to anticipate the coming of Christ to earth; it was a season that focused on waiting.

If by chance you have your own advent wreath, you might not be familiar with the fact that an Advent wreath is created out of evergreens, symbolizing everlasting life in the midst of winter and death as the evergreen is continuously green. The circle reminds us of God’s unending love and the eternal life He makes possible.

The Advent wreath is a symbol of the season, with a candle lit each of the four Sundays leading up to, and on Christmas Day. The light of the flickering candle flames reminds us who Jesus is: “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5). Advent candles are often nestled in the evergreen wreath.

The most common Advent candle tradition involves four candles around the wreath. A new candle is lit on each of the four Sundays before Christmas. Each candle has a different representation. Often, the first, second, and fourth candles are violet; the third candle is rose. A fifth white candle is placed in the middle of the wreath and is lit on Christmas Eve to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

The first candle symbolizes hope and is called the "Prophet’s Candle." The prophets of the Old Testament, especially Isaiah, waited in hope for the Messiah’s arrival. The violet colour symbolizes royalty, repentance, and fasting. The second candle represents faith, although some people choose love and is called "Bethlehem’s Candle." Micah had foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, which is also the birthplace of King David. The second candle is also violet to symbolize preparation for the coming king.The third candle symbolizes joy and is called the "Shepherd’s Candle." To the shepherd’s great joy, the angels announced that Jesus came for all the people. In liturgy, the colour rose signifies joy. This candle is colored pink to represent joyfulness and rejoice.The fourth candle represents peace and is called the "Angel’s Candle." The angels announced that Jesus came to bring peace--He came to bring people close to God and to each other again. This colour is also violet to represent the culmination of love through the Messiah.The fifth candle represents light and purity and is called "Christ’s candle." It is placed in the middle and is lit on Christmas Eve.
Ultimately Advent is a time to reflect, as we wait for our Savior, we have a moment to make and keep promises, to consider others in our family and community.

Promises? I hear you say... Yes promises, no matter who we are, young or old, you can do things individually or together as a family.

For instance...
Read the Nativity story in the Bible (Luke 2).Pray for someone you love.Give a gift to someone you can surprise.Make a Christmas ornament for your home.Pray for a joyful season.Make a Christmas card.Help to set the table for lunch or dinner.Make up a thank you prayer.Do something nice for your teacher at school or your colleague at work.Tidy your room children :)Share something with your brother, or sister or a friend.Learn a Christmas song.Make a Christmas gift.Make a Christmas ornament for somebody else.Do as you are told by your Mum and Dad.Visit an elderly neighbor.Write a letter to somebody who is lonely.Tell your Mum and Dad that you love them.Say prayer and give thanks for every day.Help your Mum and Dad without being asked.
As for me, now that my daughter is growing up fast, I have the happiness and delight of sharing with her the journey, the wonder of advent and the joyful arrival of Jesus when we read and celebrate the nativity story.


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The Gospel According to Luke 2: 1-20

The Birth of Jesus Christ

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when a Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

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6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

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The Shepherds and the Angels

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

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13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

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16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.

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19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

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The Gospel According to Matthew 2: 1-12

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The Visit of the Wise Men

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: 6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

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7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

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Epiphany 2021 – 6 January

I wonder if like me you received lots of Christmas Cards showing the Three Kings or Wise Men as they are also known, travelling to Bethlehem and giving their gifts to baby Jesus? This special time when the Kings arrived is called Epiphany.

The Three Kings travel to see Jesus, following the star - bringing with them their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

But what we have forgotten is the Kings were really, really late…

they saw a star, that wasn’t in their books of stars and it was moving
it would have taken them ages to decide what to do
and to pack what they needed
and to get the camels ready
AND it was a long, long, long journey that took months and months and months

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They also stopped at King Herod’s palace in Jerusalem to ask where the baby was that was going to be King of the Jews, as it had been predicted years before. The Kings said they have come to worship him.

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When King Herod heard about this, it upset him as well as everyone else in Jerusalem. Herod called a meeting of all the leading Jewish priests and teachers of the law. He asked them where the baby who would be King of the Jews would be born. They answered, in the town of Bethlehem in Judea as it was predicted years before. He was very cross and jealous.

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Then Herod had a private meeting with the Three Kings. He learned from them the exact time they first saw the star. Then he sent them to Bethlehem. He said, “Go and look carefully for the child. When you find him, come and tell me. Then I can go worship him too.” But in fact he had other plans…

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When they finally arrived in Bethlehem, they didn’t visit baby Jesus in a stable. Lots of time had passed; they followed the star, and found that Mary, Joseph and toddler Jesus now lived in a house! In fact probably two years had passed since Jesus was born. The Kings knelt before the Holy Family and presented their gifts to Jesus.

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The Kings decided not to go back to King Herod, but to begin their long journey home, and because Joseph and Mary were worried about the danger from Herod - Joseph, Mary and toddler Jesus became refugees, just like so many people who have to leave their homes and their countries, when there is danger or warfare, and find somewhere safe to live.

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So let us pray…

Lord Jesus, we pray for all refugees in the world who have had to leave their homes, to seek peace and safety. We especially think of the children, who have had to travel hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles and then when they are finally safe, begin new lives, in new countries, in new homes and new schools. We ask you to be with them, always.

Amen

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Nativity and Advent Activities

As this years' Posada and Advent celebrations and teachings are online this year, we have considered and looked at various resources.

Here below are some fabulous activities courtesy of Twinkl. The materials are Digital and Eco Print Friendly.

For schools, please have a look at the wonderful Power Point presentations, lesson plans and activity packs which are bundled to together.

There are materials suitable for all age groups. For schools this includes: Pre-School, KS1, KS2, and Years 3-6 .

There is everything from Colouring Pages, Arts and Craft, Quizzes, Word searches, Advent Calendars, Nativity Scenes, create and follow the nativity scene with stories and theatre.

There are lots of other resources included so you can discover and learn about Advent, Mary & Joseph's Journey, and the Christmas Story.

We highly recommend taking a look at their site, their are some free sources available.

During Advent we have provided direct links which you can freely use below.

Feel free to sign up to Twinkl, as they have lots of fabulous online interactive material, which we are unable to share on this platform.

Images and the links below are credited to Twinkl Ltd.

And in accordance with Twinkl's Copyright Terms, the links and any resources downloaded through Twinkl's Membership Service are not for redistribution . We understand that any resources downloaded from the Website whether through the Membership Service and otherwise are for personal and educational use only.

Nativity Stories

The Christmas Nativity Story with Story Actions
EYFS
This Christmas Story for EYFS is a lovely way to encourage young children to retell the Christmas story. The PowerPoint contains a simple version of the story along with colourful illustrations, perfect for addressing the key points of the story.


The Christmas Nativity Story
KS1
This festive Nativity Story PowerPoint for children is perfect for using during the build-up towards the Christmas holidays and will help to teach students about the story behind this exciting time of year.


The Christmas Nativity Story
KS2
Teach children about the key events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ, using this lovely 'Nativity Christmas Bible Story for Kids' PowerPoint.


The Christmas Nativity Story Script
KS1 - Year 1/2
This lovely, ready-to-use Christmas nativity script is a light-hearted and fun version which is perfect for inspiring young children in the dramatic arts.


School Christmas Story Packs

The Nativity Story Unit Pack
KS2 Year 3/4
If you're looking for a comprehensive set of resources to help you teach your Year 3 and 4 pupils all about the Nativity Story, then our fantastic Unit Pack is just what you need!


The True Meaning of Christmas Nativity Story
KS2 Year 5
This brilliant Year 5 unit pack includes all the lesson packs and additional and home learning resources included in the PlanIt Year 5 Unit The True Meaning of Christmas and the Nativity Story.


The Christmas Story Unit Pack
KS2 Year 6
This Year 6 unit pack is designed to help you impart a lasting understanding of the Christmas Nativity story, as well as helping your class or child to improve on those all-important reading comprehension and SPaG skills.


Nativity Stories Lesson Pack
KS3/4
Use this lesson pack to explore the story of the Nativity in Christianity. This lesson helps students to explore the birth of Jesus and the different accounts of it found in the Bible.


Colouring Activities

The Nativity Colouring Pages
EYFS
These wonderful Christmas nativity colouring pages are perfect for adding a dash of festive creativity to your lessons during the build-up towards the school holidays.


Nativity Scene Colouring Pages
KS1
This handy set of colouring sheets provides your children with the opportunity to practice their colouring and fine motor skills, as well as giving them something lovely to take home with them or put up on display.


Christmas Story Booklet
KS1
This is a lovely 6-page booklet for children to write their own version of the Christmas story and colour in the pictures. Perfect for celebrating and understanding the Nativity story.


Nativity Stained Glass Window Worksheet
KS2
Use this handy template for children to make their own stained-glass window with the nativity scene. Why not try cutting out the shapes, replacing the paper with colourful tissue paper and sticking it to a real window?



Advent Activities

Nativity Advent Calendar Activity
EYFS
This Nativity Advent Calendar is great to use in the build-up to Christmas and is ideal for exploring religious beliefs in the classroom.


Interactive Advent Calendar - Journey to Bethlehem Display
EYFS
This interactive advent calendar is a lovely Christmas display resource! This pack includes a large background and counters and is perfect for everyone to get into the Christmas spirit!


Advent Candles Colouring Pages
KS1
4 fabulous colouring pages for the 4 advent candles representing: Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy.


My Advent Promises
KS2
Encourage children to reflect on Advent themes with this resource. Children can write how they will promise to demonstrate each of the themes in the four weeks of Advent. This is a great way to show children how important it is to incorporate these themes into their everyday lives.


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It Begins in Bethlehem

The wonderful people at the Bible Society have this year presented this beautifully illustrated story - It Begins in Bethlehem – A Nativity Rhyme for Christmas time gives us a fresh perspective on the nativity with glorious rhymes from Bob Hartman and lively illustrations by Mark Beech. Discover God’s Christmas present to you! Brilliant to share the message of Christmas with children in your family, church and community.

For anyone who would like buy this story and support this society click on the link below.

As a lovely addition to this story and nativity rhyme. They have also released a nativity script to perform the nativity story online and a video. To access these wonderful resources. Please click on the link below.

These materials are all credit to the Bible Society, and we share these for non-commercial use, during advent.

Part 1

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Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

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Our Nativity

A fabulous well done to everyone who contributed towards the nativity scene. Merry Christmas.

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Claines is a semi-rural parish, north of the City of Worcester, in England. It is home to around 5000 people and is an ancient parish, with a church that has served its people for over 1000 years.

The Church sits at the centre of the parish, with the very well-known and popular “Mug House” public house in the church grounds. Both enjoy an excellent relationship with each other!

A few hundred yards away is Claines Church of England Primary School, closely linked with the Church since it was established in 1841.

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We collect this personal data by using cookies, server logs and other similar technologies. We may also receive Technical Data about you if you visit other websites employing our cookies. Please see our cookie policy for further details.
Third parties sources. We may receive Personal Data about you from other bodies within the Church of England, including the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, The Church Commissioners for England, The Church of England Pensions Board, Lambeth Palace Library, The National Society (Church of England and Church of Wales) for Promoting Education and the Church of England Central Services (collectively referred to as the “National Church Institutions” or “NCIs”).

How we use your personal data

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

• Where you consent to us using your personal data, for example when you correspond with us or request a newsletter (your consent can be withdrawn by you at any time as set out in this policy).

• Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.

• Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

Purposes for which we will use your personal data

We have set out below, in a table format, a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate.

Note that we may process your personal data for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data where more than one ground has been set out in the table below:

Third parties
We do not share your personal data with any external Third Parties. Where we need to share your Personal Data we will obtain your express opt-in consent before we share it.

Opting out
You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you messages at any time by contacting us or where provided by logging into the website and checking or unchecking relevant boxes to adjust your preferences, or by following the opt-out links on any communication or marketing message sent to you.

Where you opt out of receiving these messages, this will not apply to Personal Data provided to us as a result of litigation or complaints and only as long as the information is required.

Change of purpose
We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.

If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.

Disclosures of your personal data

We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in the table in paragraph 4 above.

Internal Third Parties as set out in the Glossary.

External Third Parties as set out in the Glossary.

Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets.

Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy and cookie policy.
We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

Data Security

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.

Data retention

How long will you use my personal data for?
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

Details of retention periods for different aspects of your personal data are available in our retention policy which you can request from us by contacting us.

Your legal rights

Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data. You have the right to:

• Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a "data subject access request"). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.

• Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.

• Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.

• Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.

• Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios: (a) if you want us to establish the data's accuracy; (b) where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.

• Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with you.

• Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us.

No fee usually required
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights).

However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

What we may need from you
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

Time limit to respond
We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.

Glossary

Lawful basis
Legitimate Interest means the interest of our business in conducting and managing our business to enable us to give you the best service/product and the best and most secure experience. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for our legitimate interests. We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law). You can obtain further information about how we assess our legitimate interests against any potential impact on you in respect of specific activities by contacting us.

Performance of Contract means processing your data where it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or to take steps at your request before entering into such a contract.

Comply with a legal or regulatory obligation means processing your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation that we are subject to.

Third parties
Internal Third Parties – Other Church of England bodies

Other bodies within the Church of England include Archbishops of Canterbury and York in their corporate capacities, The Archbishops’ Council, The Church Commissioners For England, The Church of England Pensions Board, Lambeth Palace Library, The National Society (Church of England and Church of Wales) for Promoting Education and the Church of England Central Services and who are based in the UK (collectively referred to as the “National Church Institutions” or “NCIs”).

External Third Parties

The Bible Society
Email the Contact Centre at contactus@biblesociety.org.uk

Twinkl Ltd
Twinkl Ltd. of Wards Exchange, 195-199 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, S11 8HW is the Data Controller. You can contact the Data Controller using a variety of methods found here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/contact-us.


Terms and Conditions

Use of our website
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Access to free resources
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Copyright and trade marks
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Disclaimer
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Target audience
The website is intended for use by UK residents and only in relation to their activities within the UK. It may not be suitable for use outside the UK.

Warranty and indemnity
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The website is provided without any representations or any form of warranty (whether made expressly or implied by law), including the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fit for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

Claines Church does not warrant that functions contained in the website will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that the website or the server that makes it available on the internet are virus-free.

Limitation of liability
Claines Church will not be liable for any damages, including indirect or consequential damages, or any damages arising from the use or loss of use of the website, or the loss of data or profits, whether in contract, negligence or other tortuous action, arising from or in connection with the use of the website.

Privacy and data protection
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