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Posted: 20 October 2009 at 10:56am | IP Logged Quote wbman

I am in search of something to do for this year's christmas eve service for families.
I have very minimal staff to help, it must be done in our worship center and be for the entire family. I'd like it to be fun and yet have those special quieter God moments to help families reflect on the awesomeness of the occasion.
I cannot go longer than 50 minutes which would include some singing of some carols too.

Any ideas?

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Posted: 20 October 2009 at 4:11pm | IP Logged Quote firstkids8757

Group has a great spontaneous interactive Christmas program. We have used it several times and it is loved every time. Check out group archives. You can make it as crazy or worshipful as you want.
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Posted: 20 October 2009 at 6:20pm | IP Logged Quote mytmo777

We always include a story time for the kids. We have them all gather up on the stage and sit down. We choose an adult who reads creatively and a colorful kids Christmas book (Max Lucado's are wonderful). Before that evening, we scan each page of the book and make a power point of each page, which is then projected onto the big screen. The kids can look at that and it keeps the adults engaged as well. Some of the kids, of course, will crowd around the adult who's reading and view the pictures. Afterwards you can even have a little discussion with the kids about the book (depending on how many kids you have). Always a hit with the parents to hear the kids' responses to questions you ask about the story! We then give them each a candy cane as they return to their seats.

This is part of a larger program that includes individuals sharing Christmas memories, songs by small groups, families, or individuals, reading of the Bible story (can also easily and spontaneously be acted out by kids if you grab some costumes ahead of time), and congregational carol singing.

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Posted: 20 October 2009 at 6:47pm | IP Logged Quote kakaofnewriver

We have had a special family service where it there is a drop in time set aside.  Our Pastor and his wife have been at the church where we come as families to take communion and be prayed over by our Pastor and his wife.  It is a very personable time with them

 

We have also have had a short no more than 45 min where we come in, sing a carol, Pastor gives a short challenge or we have a small skit or just the reading of the Christmas story, sing a couple of more carols, usually one that involves lighting candles where everyone lights another persons candle

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Posted: 21 October 2009 at 10:46am | IP Logged Quote wbman

Hey thanks for the ideas: I'm sure there are many more but you did get me thinking.
I want to create something memorable and special for the families who attend, but extra special for the kids and I know you all understand that. I want Christmas to really come alive for the kids.
so thanks, Keep the ideas coming!

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Posted: 21 October 2009 at 11:06am | IP Logged Quote Jeanniefoss

Not to be stupid, but I've spent some time on Groups site today and can't find anything.  Could you be more specific about where to find these interactive christmas programs?  Thanks
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Posted: 26 October 2009 at 3:11pm | IP Logged Quote LakeCityPres

Because I've had so many requests for this I've edited from original posting:

I have a family friendly worship service we put together for 2008 involving telling the story of Jesus' Birth using Christmas hymns/carol with some call and response and interactive.

I'll testify that it is very user friendly and can be done with minimal staffing because it ended up being a really bad snow & ice year in Seattle where we almost cancelled Christmas Eve worship and we had 15 or so folks show up. I had no idea who was even going to be able to make it so I could barely assign parts and we just went with the flow. The Charlie Brown clip didn't happen due to technical difficulties but it all went along smoothly and it was a wonderfully intimate Christmas Eve service for children and adults alike!

Here is a Dropbox link to automatically download the Word document containing the service details. If you have trouble accessing it, please PM me with your email address and I can send it to you in a word document or other format.

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Posted: 28 October 2009 at 10:22am | IP Logged Quote nmd

Our Christmas Eve format changes each year. The one thing that stays is the children's time.  They come to the front where an object lesson is presented and then as they return to their seat we give them an nativity type ornament.  (The youth always come up and want one at the end of the service.  They say it's a tradition)

We also give the kids a " Kids Activity Booklet" and a small box of crayons as they enter the Worship Center.  Booklet changes each year according to the message that year.

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Posted: 29 October 2009 at 1:26am | IP Logged Quote LakeCityPres

Jeanniefoss,

I'm guessing the pp referring to Group Christmas programs was referring to one of these:

Instant Christmas Pageants

A Night in Bethlehem
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Posted: 29 October 2009 at 1:27am | IP Logged Quote LakeCityPres

For those who have received a copy of my family Christmas Eve service... I'd love to get your feedback and even to see how you tweak if you do choose to go with that idea. :)
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Posted: 30 October 2009 at 6:46am | IP Logged Quote Jeff D. Robb

Well I know this isn't a worship type, but in my Children's Church I am going to come out dressed like Uncle Sam, waving American flags and saying "Happy 4th of July."

The kids will tell me that I am celebrating the wrong holiday. And I will tie it in by saying most people celebrate the wrong things at Christmas time. ie presents, trees, fat guy with white beard named Santa.

That will lead into telling the Christmas Story.

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Posted: 30 October 2009 at 8:15am | IP Logged Quote firstkids8757

Goup's Instant Pageant was something I found several years ago, from the magazine. I can send it to whoever wants it if you just pm me your email address. I haven't checked the website for it recently so it may no longer be there.
Sorry for all the scuttlebutt, I did email to those who asked already.
It is a simple and fun program that can be intertwined with any type of program. We have used in a casual settings and in formal programs. Every time it is a hit. No one has ever noticed it was the same thing used several times in the last five years.
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Posted: 30 October 2009 at 10:39am | IP Logged Quote jrader

How long are the Instant Pageants? I don't have a large space of time for my Christmas kid's program, but really like Group's Instant Drama routines (we use Faithweaver Friends and the kids love the Instant Drama part of the lesson).

 

 

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Posted: 30 October 2009 at 10:55am | IP Logged Quote mytmo777

I love the idea of celebrating the wrong holiday and then tying it into the Christmas story. I may have to steal that idea

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Posted: 30 October 2009 at 11:39am | IP Logged Quote firstkids8757

The instant pageant that I have can be done in 15 or stretched out over 45 depending on how it is done.
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Posted: 30 October 2009 at 12:37pm | IP Logged Quote wbman

oh wow, now my mind is really rolling. I love the ideas that you all are coming up with. Now I need to find some time to write! ugghh

Keep 'em coming!!!


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Posted: 30 October 2009 at 2:23pm | IP Logged Quote Jeff D. Robb

I am also going to show a clip from The Nativity, the part where Mary and Joseph watch the other people's donkey trip and fall. I am going to put it in while I tell the story.

I like to remind them that he wasn't born in a clean hospital, he was born in a dirty stable/barn with animal droppings everywhere, he didn't have a new blue blanket to be wrapped up in they had to use swaddling clothes, and he didn't have a baby bed with the little mobile thing over his head, he was put into the animal's food trough.

It is amazing the King of Kings was born in that.



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Posted: 30 October 2009 at 2:25pm | IP Logged Quote Jeff D. Robb

sorry I mean The Nativity Story

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Check out the reThink Group's "Jingle Jam." Awesome.
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