Christmas Ideas

Activity
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Churches in Peniciuk, Scotland, hired the Town Hall to do a joint carol service which they packed out with people who don’t usually go to church. They used different versions of the Bible for their scripture readings, had a sketch and a two-minute sermon given by a puppet!
Churches in Peniciuk, Scotland
In Herne Bay, Kent, Christ Church offered mince pies to shoppers while they wrapped their presents on their behalf. Children could contribute to a nativity collage while they waited too!
In Herne Bay, Kent, Christ Church
Sevenoaks Vineyard Church in Kent put on a ‘Carols with Fun’ night one evening a week for four weeks in the run up to Christmas. On the last evening everyone invited friends and family along and the group met on the Green with torches and had a good sing-song before returning to one member’s home for refreshments.
Sevenoaks Vineyard Church in Kent
Churches in Uckfield did carol singing in various outdoor locations for three nights in December. They gave out helium-filled balloons with the HOPE logo on them, and leaflets with details of local church services. As a result they have been asked to sing at one of the residential homes for the elderly next Christmas.
Churches in Uckfield
BCC Youth from Beverley, Yorkshire, went into all their local primary schools to deliver a Christmas assembly and then a Christmas lesson, leaving each school with a ‘Veggie Tales’ Christmas DVD to play, too. See Chapter 13 for loads more ideas for working in schools.
BCC Youth from Beverley, Yorkshire
Young people from churches in Newark, Nottinghamshire, took part in practical workshops during their autumn weekend away and then showed off their new dancing, drama and song-writing skills at a Christmas showcase for parents and friends.
churches in Newark, Nottinghamshire
At St Martin in the Bullring, Birmingham, Christian Aid hosted an ecumenical evening inviting people to reflect on the Bethlehem of the Nativity, in contrast with the unrest that exists there now. Guests included a local school choir, the Birmingham Poet Laureate, the president of the Birmingham Organists’ Association and Nader Abu Anusha – Director of YMCA Bethlehem.
St Martin in the Bullring, Birmingham,
Leicestershire Churches Media Trust with local Churches Together groups and BBC local radio organised a community initiative where over 130 venues tuned in to a Sing Christmas broadcast. Carols were played and song sheets were available on the Internet so that everyone could sing along. Some churches held their sing-alongs in their own buildings, while others chose to do their outreach in pubs, clubs, care homes and even in a supermarket!
Leicestershire Churches
Along Brighton seafront, ‘Beyond Church’ hosted a real-life, interactive advent calendar. On each day of December a new beach hut was opened with a different theme and an opportunity for visitors to engage with the Christmas story. This project drew to a close in spectacular fashion when around 250 people turned up to celebrate Christmas Eve.
Beyond Church, Brighton
A homegroup from Holy Trinty Church in Boston, Lincolnshire, put on a Christmas Cheer event with mulled wine, mince pies and carols. A local coffee shop donated a basket of goodies to be raffled and overall the group raised £500 for John Fielding Special School!
Holy Trinty Church in Boston, Lincolnshire
New Life Church in Woking organised a Christmas Day dinner for anyone in Woking who would otherwise be on their own on that day. A present and Christmas card conveying the significance of Christmas was given to the 70 guests, as well as to the 30 who could not come but received ‘Meals -on-Wheels’ on that day. The mayor and mayoress of Woking attended the event, shared in the splendid Christmas dinner and joined in the carol singing and entertainment. About 50 volunteers got involved to help cook and serve the meal as well as transport the guests.
New Life Church in Woking
Kilmington Baptist Church and St Giles, Kilmington in Devon sent the 250 homes in their neighbourhood a Christmas card with a free Christmas CD (sourced for 50p each from www.beaconmusic.co.uk).
Kilmington Baptist Church and St Giles, Kilmington in Devon
In Lutterworth, Leicestershire, two local artists created a nativity picture, which was divided up into much smaller canvasses (A3 size) for school children to paint at a series of workshops. All the pieces were then glued together on a backdrop (18ft high by 6ft wide), and the final picture was hung from the Town Hall for all to see. It graced the Town Hall for the whole of December and well into January.
In Lutterworth, Leicestershire
Churches in Heathfield, East Sussex, delivered Christmas cards to every home in the area with details of their Christmas services.
Churches in Heathfield, East Sussex
Portadown Christian Centre, Northern Ireland, received an arts grant for their youth group which they used to purchase puppets. They taught the young people how to use the puppets and then put on a well-attended nativity play for the local community.
Portadown Christian Centre, Northern Ireland