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Straw & Order: how to create your own nativity short film

“The script we developed for our nativity film has fun songs, a novel and engaging plot and some cracking one-liners…The songs are upbeat, fun and catchy. They are intentionally simple enough for children as young as three years old, with adults up to 70 also participating, so it’s very intergenerational,” say Shona, Toby and Eleanor Bailey about their Straw & Order nativity short film, while inviting churches, schools and ministries to use their four-part movie as a resource in the lead up to Christmas

Cathedral Shop Manager Ann-Marie Reynolds holding the ‘Star of Bethlehem on Country’ Christmas card design, Kuku Yalanji artist Lalania Tusa with the ‘Journey Line of Lord Jesus’ design and The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt holding the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ artwork outside St John's Cathedral on 12 November 2021

Nativity story told through stunning dot art on new Cathedral Shop Christmas cards

The Cathedral Shop has commissioned Kuku Yalanji artist Lalania Tusa to design new Christmas cards, depicting the nativity story told through richly symbolic ancient dot art


Advent is a season of expectation and preparation

Advent calendars may have been humbler in the 1800s than some produced now, but the idea remains a simple and powerful one – counting each of the days of Advent, waiting for the Christ child. I remember the excitement I felt as a child, opening the little windows that revealed pictures with Advent themes and the anticipation that grew,” says The Rev’d Sue Grimmett, while offering an Advent calendar resource and suggestions to readers