Exe Valley Mission Community


Have you heard the one about?

By the time you read this, the Christmas season will nearly be upon us and however much I tell myself in November NOT to buy the usual tat, by mid-December I will probably have given in! No doubt you will find me stocking up on inflatable reindeer antlers, elfin ears and cheap crackers. Well – Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a silly hat, plastic moustache and a funny joke.

Which reminds me! I came across a piece of paper, full of howlers written by school children (allegedly!), but worthy of the tackiest Christmas cracker. So - put on your silly hat and moustache and have a giggle. Here goes - the spelling and the punctuation are as written:

  • In the first book of the bible, guinessis, God got tired of creating the world so he took the Sabbath off.
  • Lots wife was a pillar of salt during the day, but a ball of fire during the night.
  • The Israelites were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with unsympathetic genitals.
  • Solomon, one of davids sons had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.
  • The angle Gabriel came down and gave Mary a massage. When she heard she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the magna carta.

I think I’d better stop. Of course, if I'm honest most of the above contain pretty understandable mistakes, a slip of a word, or a gap in understanding. Hopefully, for those of us who have completed the first half of the Bible course, we know a bit more, and wouldn’t fall into the trap of making such gaffs. The second part of the course starts in January. Do come along and join us.

And it’s easy to laugh, especially when things seem far-fetched and incredible, and you’re not quite sure what’s right. Take the Angel Gabriel for example. The Bible tells us that the Angel Gabriel came down from heaven – not to give Mary a massage, but a message. Gabriel said that even though Mary was a virgin, she would conceive and give birth to a child, who would be God's own son and saviour of the world. Really? Mistake? Fanciful fiction? A joke worthy of any Christmas cracker? Or... or could it be the truth?

What do you think? Come and find out a bit more at any or all of our churches in the Mission Community.

Wishing you and your family peace and plenty of joy this Christmas and New Year.


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