4 Ideas for 4 Weeks of Christmas Worship
Looking for ways to make this year’s countdown to Christmas both memorable and worshipful? Here are four ideas you can use—right off the shelf. Easy, but meaningful!
Week 1: Share Christ the Savior Is Born. That’s the title of CTA’s new Christmas book for children. The delightful, dancing rhymes make the story one that children will want to hear again and again.
Use the free, downloadable PowerPoint presentation as you read the book to groups of children in class or children’s church. Then send a book home with each child. If you do this early in December, families can read it again and again as Christmas draws closer. Before long, even preschoolers will be “reading” along with Mom or Dad.
You won’t believe the beauty of the art and the power of the words in this new retelling of Jesus’ birth and the shepherds’ visit to the manger!
Week 2: Give your early childhood and elementary teachers class quantities of “My Very Own Nativity Set”. It’s a quick and fun fold-up activity, complete with stickers.
It comes with a free devotion to use in class and with a version of the devotion to copy and send home with each child. Using their nativity sets, children can lead a family devotion and then display the nativity set as a Christmas decoration, a constant reminder of God’s wonderful, amazing gift of a Savior.
Week 3: Older elementary children are looking for special surprises in December, too, and they’ll enjoy the Christ the Savior Is Born pencil. It comes with its own “star dangle eraser.”
For a quick in-class activity, use the pencils to make a few meaningful lists:
- Christ and Savior are names for Jesus. In the next 30 seconds, list other names for Jesus that you know.
- The shepherds heard the news that the Savior was born in Bethlehem. What did they think of that? Write down at least two thoughts they might have had.
- “Christ the Savior is Born” is good news! In no more than five sentences, tell why it’s such good news.
- This good news is not for us alone. List 3 people with whom you could share this news.
Close with a quick discussion of some of the names children listed, pray a short prayer, asking God to bless their telling of the good news. Close by reading Luke 2:11.
Week 4: Just before Christmas, make sure everyone receives this year’s Ornament of Faith® for children. The rich colors and timeless message will make it a meaningful keepsake. And the free downloadable children’s devotion will tie the good news of Christmas to each family’s celebration in a meaningful way.
Distribute the ornament after the children’s Christmas service, during your final class before Christmas, at Christmas Eve or Christmas Day worship services, or at a community Christmas event for families.
Have a wonderful, worshipful December!