How can you make your Christmas service unique this year?

Christmas is an important season for Christian religions. Holiday services are highly attended by regular members, those who only visit during the holidays and even out-of-town guests. Church visitors are ready (and hoping!) to hear a meaningful message and experience the magic of the holidays.

How can you make your service memorable and unique this year? How can you help people connect to the true meaning of Christmas? How can you leave them with a message that resonates long after Christmas trees are taken down? Consider these eight ideas.

Carolers: Surprise and delight people as they arrive and depart by having carolers sing classic Christmas songs. You may have a group from choir who can volunteer to do this, or you can hire a local singing group. Have everyone dress in traditional caroling attire for a touch of old-fashioned fun.

Gratitude ornaments: Fill baskets with colored ball ornaments and black permanent markers. Invite people to write something they are thankful for and hang on a special community Christmas tree. It's a touching sentiment as the tree fills up with notes of gratitude that glisten in a rainbow of colors.

Props: Enhance sermons by using props or pictures. Visual aids make a message memorable and can really capture the attention of young and old to make a lasting impression. You might even gift coloring books for kids that support Christmas messages and they can color along during the sermons.

Children's storytime: During the service, invite kids to sit on the altar/stage and hear a 5-minute story from the worship leader. This makes the true meaning of Christmas more relatable to kids, plus there's something touching about seeing a group of children gathered together to hear God's word.

Memorable communion: How can you make communion special? What if you conducted the entire communion procession by candlelight with only acoustic or acappella music? This can be a moving experience for people who can use the time to deeply reflect and connect to Jesus.

Treats: Add hot cocoa, marshmallows and peppermint syrup to the coffee shop or coffee hour to tantalize taste buds. Hot apple cider is another seasonal beverage to add, plus it has a wonderful scent that spreads throughout the church. For a service project, sell homemade cookies and donate the proceeds to a local organization.

Photo booth: Create a seasonal background and have fun props for families to take pictures with. Then put photos on your social media page and tag as many people as you can so all their friends see this fun image. (Bonus: you may increase traffic to your website as new people click through.)

Music: Nothing sets the mood like music. Your service is likely already filled with joyous holiday songs, but what about the entryway and gathering spaces for before and after services? Set a festive mood so people linger and mingle for a while.

 

To learn more about how a directory can connect your church family after the Holidays, contact Lifetouch today.

 

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