Bible Society is giving away 93,000 booklets and leaflets nationwide telling the story of Christmas.
“Christmas is gift-giving time, and Bible Society is very happy to offer the good news of Christmas — the story of the birth of Jesus to children this year. Many Kiwis today have never heard this message. We trust it will be blessing to them,” said Stephen Opie of Bible Society New Zealand.
The Well Good News of Christmas is a unique booklet telling the story of the birth of Jesus and why it is such good news. It includes Mary and Joseph’s trip to Bethlehem, the shepherds and the three wise men all in child-friendly rhyming language with colourful illustrations.
More than 3,000 of The Well Good News of Christmas booklets will be given away free this Christmas, equipping parents and churches to pass on the story.
Meanwhile BSNZ’s annual Christmas leaflet sent to churches throughout New Zealand is this year called Escape from Egypt.
This free leaflet tells the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus and then the family’s subsequent escape to Egypt. It will prompt children to think about how Jesus started his life as a refugee, and the importance of sharing kindness, joy and aroha with others. More than 90,000 leaflets will be given away.
“We really pray these resources will help kiwi children understand the true meaning of Christmas and that parents, families and friends will engage with passing it on to the next generation,” said Stephen Opie from BSNZ.
The booklets and leaflets are available both free to individuals or in bulk orders to churches for their Christmas activities.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html