Topic: Christmas

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A Prayer for Christmas Day

Read Luke 2:1–17. Our Savior, Jesus, today is your day. We cannot sing enough carols, hymns, and songs of praise! The angels spoke words of awestruck praise, amazed at your love and the ways you were demonstrating that love. A Savior, born on earth, God become man, lying in a manger in Bethlehem! Who could…

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A Kids’ Christmas Lesson for 5th Sunday

Editor’s note: This lesson is slightly adapted from the FREE children’s event outline that accompanies one of CTA’s Christmas themes, God’s Promise Came True. Use this lesson for the 5th Sunday of December and be sure to check out CTA’s other FREE event outlines! When the children are seated, ask volunteers: What’s a promise? (When…

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’Twas the Month Before Christmas

’Twas the month before Christmas And all through the halls Teachers were hurrying, scurrying, Decorating the walls.   Special lessons were planned; Art projects were done With hopes that the students Would recognize God’s Son.   The service was chosen; Auditions were done. Teachers handed out parts And encouraged each one.   The costumes were…

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Glory to the Newborn Kinga free Christmas devotion

Editor’s note: Today, take a break from the busyness of the season and reflect upon the birth of your King. Let the peace of Jesus guide you to Christmas, fill your heart with joy on December 25, and be your one true source of comfort for every day beyond that. This devotion is slightly adapted…

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Keep Kids Busy during Christmas Vacation4 free event outlines

Christmas vacation is a great opportunity for outreach. Many families need childcare during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. And, your church family can provide it! In fact, you can provide much more than just childcare—you can provide a fun and engaging Christmas-themed event for children of all ages. Best of all, CTA…

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Youth Ministry Lesson Plan on Giving

It’s the season of gifts, gifts, and more gifts! What does God say about giving and receiving? Let’s find out! Ask, Name a gift that you have given to someone you love. How did you feel about giving it? Have you ever given a really big gift to someone? Why did you do it? Jesus…

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Joy!a free Christmas devotion

Editor’s note: Ornaments of Faith® are back and they’re better than ever! Today’s devotion accompanies the Joy to the World ornament. You may also enjoy the brand-new Glory to the Newborn King and Rejoice ornaments.  For millennia, music has been an essential part of Christmas. Can you imagine Christmas without Christmas music?! In fact, no event…

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Timely TipsChristmas edition

Merry Christmas! We use the word merry at Christmastime—and almost never at other times of the year. It means “full of cheerfulness” or “lighthearted joy.” What a fitting word to pair with Christmas! Jesus came into the world to lift sin’s burden once and for all. His coming not only makes our hearts light, but…

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Grief During the Holidays10 Ways Your Faith Family Can Help

Most churches do an excellent job of showing love and care when a family experiences the death of a loved one. Worshippers express sympathy through food, cards and letters, thoughts and prayers, visits, and support during the funeral. All of these things happen in the first few days after a loved one has died. Then,…

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O Holy Nighta free Advent devotion

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is slightly adapted from the Ministry Message that accompanies one of CTA’s Christmas themes, O Holy Night. This theme features a variety of meaningful Christmas gifts for volunteers, staff members, and worshippers. Check it out today! With your group, sing or listen to the Christmas carol “O Holy Night,” both stanza…

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