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22 December 2009

Unwrapping Christmas for schoolchildren

A Christmas schools project which started 15 years ago in Slough has spread across the country, bringing thousands of children to church to hear the story of Jesus.

Christmas Unwrapped, which started in Slough Baptist Church, invites primary school children into church for a morning or afternoon to focus on Christmas.

Scripture Union Schools Worker Wayne Dixon, who has been involved since it started in 1995, said 9,000 children have come through the Slough project. He added that similar events have now taken place in more than 30 other places around Britain, with around 200 schools and 11,000 pupils taking part.

Wayne, who also works in secondary schools, said a number of teenagers who visited the church as children have told him it had a real impact on them.

"I continue to be amazed and encouraged as I come across 15, 16 and 18 year olds who recollect their visits years back and the impression made on them," he said.

"A sixth form lad said this to me five years after his visit, 'Oddly, the things I remember most though were the passages from the bible and you telling us the stories from them.

'I'm not sure why but I remember them quite clearly, you told the story of Jesus birth and although everyone knows the story, it was told in another way'."

An Easter presentation is also run in March and Wayne is keen to talk to any more churches that would like to get involved. Go here more information and to contact Wayne.