Do you want to start or nurture relationships between local school communities and your church? Try Christmas Unwrapped!


‘Christmas Unwrapped’ is a an engaging, hands on presentation and resource to invite schools into church to learn more about the events of the Christmas Story and the real meaning behind the gifts in a fun and interactive way. Through visiting the church to take part in the immersive Christmas story, activities, and clues.

Judith Robinson from the parish of Sanderstead applied for a CYP grant that had a big impact, to reinforce the miracle of Jesus’ birth in the local community and enable local school children to discover and immerse themselves in the Christmas Story.

The church ran 6 sessions over 2 days, each with 30 Year 1 children from three local schools. Through unwrapping parcels and finding clues the Christmas story is unravelled, and the children all take home 4 crafts that they make, as well as a large class book that they put together during the session.


Judith says, “Jude Barber who wrote the resource, kindly came to a planning evening to explain the running of the session which was a huge help enabling it to run very smoothly on the day!”

It was a lovely way to start Christmas and we had some very positive feedback from school staff, children and accompanying parent helpers.

It was a highly successful way of engaging 180 children from the community in the real meaning of Christmas. It is an excellent resource that is well written, clear and easy to follow.”

Sign up here to attend Christmas Unwrapped training on Saturday 20th April, 10am to 12 noon. Join Jude Barber, Children’s worker at Christ Church Purley to find out more about how your church could run Christmas Unwrapped.

Apply here for a CYP grant to re-start or grow your church’s ministry with children and young people. CYP grants can have a big impact and can also be used to receive training that benefits the ministry of those working with children, young people, or families.