If you’re not already up to your eyeballs in Christmas, it won’t be long! Just like Sunday comes every week, Christmas comes every year and we have this incredible opportunity of welcoming people into our churches for Advent, Sundays leading up to Christmas, Christmas Eve services and maybe even a Christmas Day service.
Of course the story we tell and the songs we sing at Christmas better be focused directly on the birth of Jesus, the arrival of the Messiah, the incarnation of God Himself but how we present that story and invite people to engage with it can be a challenge.
Over the years I’ve learned to leverage every creative option available to me at Christmas to help create one beautiful moment of worship in our services. It’s easy to let the lyrics of all-too-familiar Christmas songs just whiz by (don’t get me started talking about the Hark The Herald Angels Sing lyric – “Hail the heav’n born prince of peace / Hail the Sun of Righteousness”) and yet there is depth, beauty, history, promise and emotion wrapped up in these songs and stories.
Christmas is without a doubt the easiest time of year to invite people to church. They are much more likely to say yes to an invitation to a Christmas Eve service than at any other time of year. What I’ve done here is to gather together some resources to help you plan before, during and after your Christmas services to have the maximum impact possible in the lives of people you are trying to reach.
First of all, I’d love to share a free resource that I created for you so that you can design and implement a Facebook Advent calendar for your social community. This is a free downloadable ebook that will share step-by-step details to share the incredible news of Christmas with your church and to help your church share it with their community! An easy, free way to have big impact this Christmas and help invite people to church for your Christmas services.
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How To Create A Facebook Advent Calendar
Probably the first thing on your mind as a worship leader is the songs you will sing during your Christmas services. Of course there are always the standards and the usual suspects but if you are looking for new songs to include as either presentation or corporate worship then you need to look at the list from PraiseCharts of their top Christmas worship songs.
The visual of your auditorium/sanctuary is pretty crucial to your Christmas worship service experience and Jeff McIntosh from Church Motion Graphics has some incredible Christmas video bundles available for really reasonable prices. Buy a bundle or get access to the library through his media subscription.
Worship leaders are often looking for videos to include as creative content in their Christmas services. Maybe you’re looking for something funny like kids telling their version of the Christmas story or something meaningful like a story of redemption around the Christmas season. Whatever you’re looking for the guys at Worship House Media have got it. They’ve gathered together all of their Christmas videos so you can find exactly what you need!
Here’s one of my favourites that we used in our Christmas Eve services a couple of years ago –
Of course every year you’re going to include the Christmas story in your services and share again the incredible news of the arrival of Jesus. If you’re looking for a beautiful, creative, inspiring way to do this for your church I can’t recommend The Story of Christmas from Church on the Move enough. We presented it as part of our Christmas services two years in a row at my previous church and the impact is incredible.
Watch this video from Church on the Move’s presentation of The Story of Christmas in 2012 –
Purchase the score, audio tracks, script and cueing video for The Christmas Story to help you prepare this amazing creative element for your Christmas services.
The visual experience in your auditorium is more than what’s on screen so you definitely want to think about stage design and how that will add to your Christmas services. You can go traditional with trees and poinsettias and candles or you can go out of the box and very modern. Of course every worship leader loves to use pallets in their stage design!
Make sure you check out the Christmas ideas and inspiration over at ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com for some great visuals and write-ups that detail how to pull off that great idea for your Christmas stage design.
Maybe your church is doing a bigger Christmas event this year and you’re looking for some resources to help you with planning – communication, invitation, setting some goals and targets for the event. Of course this kind of thing is helpful for Christmas Eve services too so you need to check out this series of articles at Sunday Magazine which tell the story of Cross Point Church’s A Merry Music City Christmas event and how the staff and volunteers from that church worked to pull off an incredible event that had major impact for people in their city.
Last year I was fortunate enough to be in Nashville while the event was happening and got to visit for myself. It was unbelievable! Fire pits, tube hills, hot chocolate, Christmas music – all the great things about the Christmas season wrapped up in one event designed to bless people at Christmas and invite them to Christmas Eve services. Amazing.
Obviously you don’t want the relationship with people who attend your Christmas services to end once they walk out the door. However you plan to communicate with them you need to prepared to gather contact info and also with the delivery method you’ll use. I found this great article over at ChurchLeaders.com that will be helpful for you – 6 Easy Ways to Follow Up With Christmas Guests
Hopefully this is helpful for you! I’d love to hear how you use these or other resources in planning and delivering your Christmas services this year. Share this with your friends and then share with me your best resources!