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How far is it to Bethlehem?
Not very far.
Shall we find the stable room lit by a star?

Can we see the little Child?
Is He within?
If we lift the wooden latch, may we go in?

May we stroke the creatures there –
Ox, ass, or sheep?
May we peep like them and see Jesus asleep?

If we touch His tiny hand
Will He awake?
Will He know we’ve come so far just for His sake?

Great kings have precious gifts,
And we have naught;
Little smiles and little tears are all we brought.

For all weary children
Mary must weep.
Here on this bed of straw, sleep, children, sleep.

God in His mother’s arms,
Babes in the byre,
Sleep, as they sleep who find their heart’s desire.

How lovely to find this children’s carol in the 2015 Song Book! As someone has said, “He came to us as a child, that we might receive Him as children.”

francessketch-webThe author, Frances Alice Chesterton, was the wife of famous British writer and philosopher, Gilbert K. Chesterton. His inspirational quotes appear in various sources, and he is the writer of the Father Brown stories, now used in the popular television series. Frances stayed in the background of her famous husband, yet was the one who influenced him to become a Christian. She also wrote plays for Christmas Eve presentations which she and Gilbert produced annually. The above song was written in 1917 and used on their Christmas cards to family and friends.

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May we all receive Jesus as children, with simple, childlike faith, as we once again celebrate His birth.

S.A. SONG BOOK, 2015 EDITION, #109



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COVID 19 Update

The members of The Salvation Army Oshawa Temple want to protect you from any Covid-19 spread yet, at the same time, wish to journey life with you. 

At present, there are still reports of new strains of Covid-19 spread and, unfortunately, we are not at a level of vaccination that safely allows us to congregate. Therefore, we have initiated the following:

 In-Person Church Services are postponed until further notice, but our ONLINE SERVICES, complete with music, songs, prayer, and Biblically focused sermons can be found here. [Click to follow]

 Our CHURCH OFFICE is closed, but we are still available Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 3:00 pm).  If you have enquiries, needs, prayer requests, or simply want to discuss life, please connect with us by phone at 905-436-0011, text us at 289-768-5959, or email the office. Email address is 

 Our FOOD BANK and THRIFT STORE in downtown Oshawa are operating under COVID restrictions. If you are solely in need of food, please make an appointment at 905-723-7422 ext 221. 

 The Thrift Store is operating under COVID Restrictions. Store is closed April 12th -14th. Planned reopening Thursday April 15th. Accepting donations resumes Thursday April, 15th Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm at the back loading dock door.  Please access the Albert Street side of the building in downtown Oshawa from Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 4:30 pm) and Saturday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm).  The Thrift Store is closed on Sunday. More Thrift Store Details… [Click to follow]

 COUNSELLING SERVICES, including aid with annual TAX RETURNS, continue Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 4:30 pm),  but please call for an appointment at 905-723-7422. Registration for The Low Income Tax Clinic is online. [Click to follow]