It’s Christmastime. The gifts, the Story, the lights, the wonder, and the Christmas Eve services. For many #kidmin, Christmas is one of the most busy times of the ministry year.
Raise your hand if you are still looking for volunteers for your Christmas Eve service.
I see that hand.
Here’s 5 ideas to make this Christmas memorable:
1. Slow down
I wrote the following for Awana’s Advent Devotional:
So often we throw ourselves into busyness. There’s nothing wrong with the décor or a cookie exchange or the traditions. Yet, what might God be asking of His people in anticipation of the celebration of Jesus’ birth?Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Friends, slow down. For God promises that He will be highly exalted. He will reign supremely over the earth. I wonder: Will I ever be able to comprehend this glorious future, the King bringing about justice and peace, if I’m too busy?
2. Celebrate Advent
The best Christmas tradition my family ever integrated into the season was celebrating Advent. Advent evokes anticipation unlike anything else. If you’re looking for a great resource, check out Sam Luce’s list of Advent resources for churches and families. Or check out Awana’s Advent Resource.
3. Appreciate your team
Set up a volunteer appreciation spot for folks to grab a Christmas treat before serving. Hundreds of people serve around Christmas, including many new volunteers. Show them the love! Give the gift of Christmas cookies. Your team and your church family will remember this!
4. Read the story
You know the Christmas story. You could recite the story. You could act it out. You own this story. But has the repetition and the work associated with Christmas dulled the wonder that comes from the Savior being born – the Word becoming flesh? Find a quiet place and read Luke 2 alone or with your #kidmin team or family. Let your hearts fill with wonder.
5. Tell the whole story
We spend a lot of time in December rehearsing the characters in the opening chapters of the Gospels. What if you reached back and shared the entire story leading up to the birth of Jesus? I often wonder with my own kids if they have a picture that the Son of God did not exist until He was born. Context is everything, so tell the whole story. One of my favorite resources to do this is Michelle Anthony’s The Big God Story.