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The Children’s Christmas Service7 Ways to Make this Year Special

It’s a beloved tradition in many churches—the children’s Christmas service. You do it every year and everyone genuinely looks forward to it. It is always a wonderful event, but are you looking for ways to make this year’s program just a little bit different, a little bit more special? Here’s how: Send out invitations. The…

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The Gift Is for YouA free Advent devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: In just a few days we will celebrate Christmas. For most of us, Christmas is more than just one day; it is an entire season filled with so many different sights and sounds and memories. As you experience this season, don’t forget the most important gift of all–the Gift of Jesus! Here’s a Christmas devotion…

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10 Ways to Bless Homebound Members at Christmas

Christmas is coming! What an exciting time of year with all of the special services, holiday parties, and school events. There is a lot going on and it is fun to be a part of it all. But what about the widows, the elderly, and other members of your ministry who don’t get out much….

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A Christmas Prayer

Editor’s note: This prayer was written by faithful pastor Walter E. Schuette, who has since gone to be with the Lord. As we draw near to Christmas, we pray that his words will strengthen your faith and bring you great joy as you celebrate our Savior’s birth! Merry Christmas! Read Matthew 1:17-25. Lord Jesus, how…

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Great Joy from a Tiny Mangera free children’s devotion for Christmas

Editor’s note: Christmas is almost here! We know the children are surely beside themselves with excitement, so we invite you to use this children’s devotion to bring a few moments of focus and attention to Jesus’ birth. We wish you God’s blessings as you celebrate Christmas and pray that your excitement over the Baby’s birth…

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Come to Bethlehem and Seea free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This devotion is slightly adapted from the free Ministry Message that accompanies one of CTA’s new Christmas themes, Come to Bethlehem and See. We pray that this devotion will encourage you as you fulfill your last-minute responsibilities at work and take time to celebrate Christmas with your friends and family. In the 1989…

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Planning a Children’s Christmas Servicethe final steps

We know that planning a children’s Christmas service is exhausting, but you’re almost to the finish line! Today, we wrap up our series with steps 6 and 7. Step 6: Hold a dress rehearsal You’ve been practicing for weeks, but now it’s time for the big practice. Have the children put on their costumes and…

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The Promised Saviora free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This devotion is slightly adapted from the free Ministry Message that is written to accompany one of this year’s Ornaments of Faith®: Promised Savior. You can see CTA’s entire lineup of Christian Christmas ornaments on our website. They are the perfect last-minute gift to thank faithful volunteers or church staff! The Christmas season…

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5 Ways to Celebrate Advent in the Classroom

Many liturgical churches recognize the four weeks leading up to Christmas as “Advent.” It’s a time to remember our need for a Savior and the way that God fulfilled that need—by sending Jesus as a baby in a manger. It’s also a time to look forward to the second coming of Jesus. It’s a time…

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