Saturday 17 December

Saturday 17 December

Give More

We’ve talked about rebelling against consumerism by spending less but now we’re encouraging that we give more… Is that a contradiction? No – giving more isn’t about giving more stuff but about being intentional and relational by giving more of our time, our energy, our memories, our talents, our presence. God gave us the life and example of Jesus as a gift. Let’s spend less, celebrate Christmas differently and demonstrate the gift of loving and giving through our actions

From our Ministry Team

  • We have already conspired to worship fully our Lord Jesus and spend less on ourselves
  • This week we are thinking about how to give more to those we love
  • Some of the most important things don’t cost money but can cost us personally. We can give more of ourselves and spend time with our friends and family
  • John the Baptiser spent his time telling people to turn to God and expect Jesus to come. In today’s Bible reading John had even been put in prison for it. He gave a lot!

Activity: Read Matthew 11:2-5 and identify other good things that Jesus describes people being given

Bible Readings

Lord, help us to step beyond ourselves
May we open our eyes, ears and hearts to the needs of others and be genuinely surprised and happy as we interact together in new and different ways, sharing your love and guidance


This prayer of David expresses the sense he had of the greatness and goodness of God. David is also very cognisant of his own unworthiness to receive such gifts. He thanks God for the promises he has made and prays that he, David, will be able to follow God’s paths and expectations. We read this prayer at a time beyond the birth and sacrifice of Jesus – may we accept the gift of Jesus’s life, death, and continued presence in this world, and be ready to share these gifts and loving care as we celebrate his birth this Christmas. May we give and share our time, our presence, our listening, our strength, our limitations, our memories, and our beliefs in an open and loving way, passing on the gifts we have been given

Some ideas to help us Give More (from the website)
  • Check out our list from the Advent Conspiracy website(
  • Start small. Choose one person on your list to give a relational gift to
  • On Christmas morning, turn off your phone. Take a couple hours to be present with your family and focus on the people God has put in your life
  • Invest in experiences you can share. Sign up for dance lessons, go camping, plan a vacation, take cooking classes
  • Pass down memories. Make a recipe book or photo album to give to your family
  • Get a blank journal and write notes and prayers to your kids
  • Give a copy of your favourite book to a friend and then meet up for coffee and discuss it. Then switch and read their favourite book
  • Buy someone a gift that relieves a burden: babysitting money, help out with yard work, make a meal
  • Give the gift of hospitality. Invite a new family over for dinner and games
  • Do an activity with your kids – puzzles, jewellery making, baking, hiking, fishing, sports. Be present