The little book that's changing Christmas
Hillsong joins thousands handing out the Good News this season
If you haven’t yet claimed your own free copies of the kids’ Christmas book published by Bible Society Australia – The Really Good News of Christmas – For Me! – then you’d better act fast.
Over 300,000 copies of The Really Good News of Christmas – For Me! were printed this year, and the free copies on offer are being snapped up.
More than 1000 individuals have already claimed their three free copies, and more than 1300 churches, schools and organisations have secured up to 500 free copies made available to each of them. In November, an average of 350 little books were ordered every day.
Hillsong will be giving away copies at several campuses this year, after ordering 8000 copies of the little book.
“It’s very exciting to think of the number of Aussie children who will be hearing the Christmas message afresh this year,” said Bible Society CEO Greg Clarke.
“There seems to be a hunger for connecting the ancient story of Jesus’ birth with a new generation, many of whom may never heard it before in words that they enjoy and understand.”
“… it gives the whole gospel message …” – Simon Keith
West Ryde Anglican is also using the little books for the first time this year, with plans to give them away to kids who attend their Christmas events.
“It’s the best time of the year for reaching out to the community because people are so receptive,” says Families Minister at West Ryde, Simon Keith.
“In every church that I have worked in, at this time of the year you see lots of people that don’t have anything to do with church coming to visit. You get kids from Scripture [classes] showing up with the whole family, from playgroup.”
Apart from the “good pictures, bright colours and text that is fun and easy to read”, Keith says the books are perfect giveaways for their simple explanation of the Bible. “I like the way that it gives the whole gospel message starting with creation and going through Jesus’ work on the cross,” he says.
The Really Good News of Christmas – For Me! is a revised version of the book launched last year, aimed at children aged 4-8. Author Dai Woolridge uses rhyme to tell the Christmas story in child-friendly language and the text is accompanied by vivid illustrations by artist Emma Randall.
This year the book includes an activity page that kids can personalise before giving to a friend. Digital resources are also available, including an animated video and an ‘instant nativity play’.
Individuals can still claim three free copies of The Really Good News of Christmas – For Me! If you order before 15 December you will receive them before Christmas.
The little books are also available for purchase from Koorong. And when you get your hands on a copy, you can also request a downloadable read-along video.More