During the Christmas season, most youth ministers try to find new ways to teach old truths. With the same old “angels sang, shepherds wondered, Mary did you know?” routine, it’s easy to lose sight of the wonder of Jesus’ birth. On the first Christmas, God came to earth and conveyed his message in some pretty incredible ways. Unleash your own creative spin with these festive, field-tested ideas:
While trying to whip up a fresh talk about Mary and the manger last year, I got stuck. I just couldn’t do another standard silent night. So I used an older, very non-conventional Christmas movie as a jumping-off point. Download the experience here.
Various sensory experiences help teenagers take a deeper look at Jesus and explore why Christmas matters. Access several ideas here.
Christmas cards are an easy “bulk” opportunity to wish kids and their families merry Christmas. Add a humorous touch; for example, meme yourself, Photoshop in a cat, or write a fun personal note in each card.
Christmas toy drives are popular but lack the personal touch of the first Christmas. So instead of toy drives, try “drive toys.” Get the names of some families in need and bring them a “holiday in a box” with gifts, a meal, and so on. The personal connections will bless teenagers and adult leaders, as recipients become more than just a slip of paper with a toy request.
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In the land of “get get get,” it’s important to remind young people about the intercessory aspect of Christmas. Suggest that families place the Christmas cards they receive in a prominent location. Each evening, one family member can select a card and lead a prayer for the sender.
The Christmas story is incredibly inventive. It’s organic art, not paint-by-number! Recapture the season’s wonder and joy by boosting your celebrations from basic to extra.