Let’s be honest…Christmas is a busy season. On top of shopping, parties and
traditions; we have a lot of emotional and mental “stuff” on our plates. For
this reason family ministry leaders don’t need to add more events to families’
plates. Instead, offer opportunities for families to celebrate the Christmas
Let’s be honest…Christmas is a busy season. On top of shopping, parties and traditions; we have a lot of emotional and mental “stuff” on our plates. For this reason family ministry leaders don’t need to add more events to families’ plates. Instead, offer opportunities for families to celebrate the Christmas season… on their own time and in their own way. We must help families to easily participate in elements that can help them embrace the Christmas story. Here are some possible opportunities:
Opportunities for Giving//
Most churches have a specific mission that they focus on around the Christmas season. When a church has a unified focus for giving, this sets a stage for families to give together. Encourage parents to inspire their children to practice giving, through giving to the charity your whole church is focused on.
Opportunities for Serving//
Putting faith into action is crucial to a child’s spiritual development. The desire to serve becomes more mindful during the
Christmas season, and equipping families with simple ideas of how they can serve helps children practice serving. serrving a dinner, making gifts for neighbors or helping around the house are some possibilities.
Opportunities for Worship//
Playing and singing Christmas music can become a popular tradition for families. Many of the old Christmas carols and hymns are still played and sung today. For this reason offering families CDs or DVDs of beloved Christmas favorites can
give families the opportunity to worship together at home or even in the car.
Opportunities for Devotion//
Christmas time is a wonderful chance to introduce families to devotional times. There are a variety of Christmas-themed devotions such as the Advent calendar, Jesse Tree, etc. Use this Christmas season as a launching pad for encouraging
families to start regular devotional times in their homes.
Opportunities for Connection//
The idea of families connecting with families is a powerful opportunity because relationships can fuel an environment of support. Your church families are generally all choosing to follow Christ. Building a community of families will help ensure support during seasons of difficulty.
Opportunities for Traditions//
Newly-formed families or recently married couples have a unique opportunity to discuss, establish and begin traditions at the home. Encouraging your newer families to have these discussions can help them engage in conversations on what
Christmas traditions they want to create.
Opportunities for Fun//
Kids embrace happy moments. Holiday vacations from work and school are a great time for families to create those happy moments. Encourage families to have game nights; go see fun kid’s movies, etc.
Many of you know that Christmas is one of the few seasons that families make the commitment to come to church. It’s
crucial that we develop opportunities for families to enjoy the season but also to absorb some new spiritual practices. As a family ministry leader, what other ideas do you have that can help families embrace the Christmas season?
Trevor Lee currently serves as the Family Life Pastor at Life Community Church. A restarted church located east of Seattle. In total Trevor has spent nearly a decade serving children, students and families in a variety of church environments around the northwest.
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Thanks, Trevor for some super practical advice about how to make a difference without adding more to our already long to do list.