Making room for Jesus this Christmas


 Script                    Can you knit us a sheep?

Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house in the weeks leading up to Christmas, telling the story of the birth of Jesus.


Modern day Posada uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph who travel from place to place. Wherever they spend the night, they bring the message of Christmas, and invite their hosts to make room for Jesus at Christmas.


Thank you for taking Mary and Joseph into your home for the night. Please keep a sheep if you wish, look after it, and bring it to All Saints Church Rayne for one of the Christmas services.


When you pass the figures from one home to another, you might like to use the short ‘script’ inside this card. There are also some prayers and readings for you to enjoy while Mary and Joseph stay in your home.


Please use the notebook to record Mary and Joseph’s journey, and any adventures they have on the way!





Givers:       Knock, Knock!


Receivers:   Go away, it’s late and the door is locked.


Givers:       Knock, Knock!


Receivers:   Who are you and what do you want?


Givers:       Will you take these figures of Mary and Joseph into your home? The baby’s due soon.


Receivers  We/I will.  They are welcome here.


Givers:       May the peace of the Christ Child be with you this Christmas.


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Luke 2:1-7  The Birth of Jesus

2In those days a decree went out from

Emperor Augustus that all the world

should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.



Christmas Day:

angels and stars,

shepherds and travellers,

a new born child.


An old story

full of love and danger,

laying bare the beauty

of an amazing God.

(Ruth Burgess)


The shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ 16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.

(Luke 2:15)


Jesus, born at Bethlehem,

be born in me this Christmas.

May my will be as Mary’s,

            saying yes to your ways.

May my voice be as the angels,

            joyfully proclaiming the good news.

May my knees be as the animals,

            quietly bent in adoration.

May my feet be as the shepherds,

            running eagerly to find you.

May my heart be as the manger,

            poor, yet containing heaven’s greatest treasure.

Jesus, born in Bethlehem,

            be born in me this Christmas.



And the Word became flesh and lived among us …* full of grace and truth.

(John 1:14)


In a world that is lost – show us the way.

In a world full of lies and deceit – show us the truth.

In a world that is sick – show us life and love.

O Jesus, help us to remember

that you are the way, the truth and the life,

this Christmastide and for ever. Amen.





The Christian journey

Lord, be a bright flame before me

Lord, be a guiding star above me

Lord, be a smooth path below me

Lord, be a kindly shepherd behind me

Today, tonight and for ever. Amen.




Christmas blessing

The wisdom of the wonderful counsellor guide you,

the angels of the Lord of hosts guard you,

the strength of the mighty God uphold you,

the love of the everlasting Father enfold you,

the joy of the Prince of peace be yours,

this Christmastide and for ever.


Please welcome Mary & Joseph into your home for a night then pass on to the next person on the list
Please aim to have Mary and Joseph arrive safely at All Saints Rayne on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

We find some sheep go astray each year, if you could knit a sheep or two
we would welcome them at any time of the year, a simple pattern can be found below or if you have a better pattern please let us know

Free pattern for sheep

I used 3 ply yarn and needle size 4½ mm


Cast on 20 stitches and knit 28 rows. Break the yarn and make the end long enough to sew the body together. Pull the thread through the stitches and sew the long sides together. You now have a tube, stuff it with cotton and put it aside.


Cast on 10 stitches and knit 12 rows. Break the yarn. Pull the thread through the stitches and sew the long ends together. Stuff with cotton and put it aside.


Cast on 4 stitches and knit 12 rows. Break the yarn and pull it through the stitches, sew the long ends together and put it aside. Knit three more legs.


Cast on 2 stitches, knit 2 rows. Break yarn and pull it through the stitches  Knit one more ear.


Cast on 2 stitches, knit 3 rows. Break yarn and pull it through the stitches.

Now sew all the parts together as in the picture.