Category: Christmas

12 Days

December 26-January 6th are the  “12 Days of Christmas”.

This devotional brochure provides ideas to ponder whether you are alone, a couple or a whole family! 

In Europe in the Middle Ages, Christmas was not one day, but a season of twelve days which began on December 25th and concluded on January 6th, Epiphany, when the Three Wise Men found the Christ Child and worshipped Him.  (Matthew 2:9-11)

Today in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries January 6th is celebrated as Three Kings Day and children receive presents commemorating the gifts of the Kings brought to Jesus.

 

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Advent Candles

FIVE QUESTIONS OF CHRISTMAS Advent Worship Series –  Each worship outline contains all elements needed for your worship service. The order of each service presented is only a suggestion. No doubt changes will be needed to accommodate the flow and worship style of your corps. The outlines are flexible and allow opportunities to “cut and paste” as needed. If you are blessed with instrumental or vocal music resources, you may find there is more structured material here than needed. It is recommended that the headings of each section of the service be included in the bulletin.

This resource and several other ideas  are available through the USA Eastern Territory

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Advent Wreath

Advent Readings and Activities for Children

Children are experts at excitement in the weeks leading up to Christmas. These advent activities with a social justice theme, can direct their excitement away from what the world offers and help them prepare for the true meaning of Jesus’ coming.

This article was submitted by Major Denise Walker, Assistant Territorial Youth Secretary with permission from the Revive magazine where it was originally published.

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Candle Light

As we prepare for the birth of the Messiah, Advent can be a season of transformation. These four readings entitled, “From Prophecy to Fulfillment”, “From Ordinary to Extraordinary”, “From Fear to Wonder”, and “From Slaves to Sons” will help you and your congregation transform your hearts.

This idea was submitted by Mary Read Horton, Pastoral Care Department, Territorial Headquarters – Canada and Bermuda.

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Anticipate a Song

This document contains the full five weeks series: Anticipate A Song – based on the Song of Isaiah, Song of Zechariah, Song of Mary, Song of the Angels, Song of Simeon.

Each week includes a call to worship, responsive reading, a short drama, the sermon outline, and song suggestions.
Slides also available for the responsive scripture to accompany each week.

 

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Remembering Jesus

A spiritual daily devotional journey from December 2 – 25, for worshipers as they kneel at the manger where Jesus Christ was born. In doing so they affirm that he came, that he is present today, and that he will come again in power. (Pages are set up to be printed front and back and then stapled and folded in booklet format) .

Submitted by Mary Read Horton, Consultant for Spiritual Formation/Discipleship, THQ

 

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Planning

Christmas is one of the most important events for followers of Jesus, and we should prepare our selves for this. To help your young people prepare for Christmas download this calendar that is based on Luke 2:1-20. Then encourage your young people to see if they can memorize this passage of Scripture as they prepare for Christmas.

Submitted by Catherine Rawlins and Valerie Pavey, Richmond Hill Community Church, ON Central East Division

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Looking for a simple Christmas Pageant to use with your Sunday school or children’s ministry group this Christmas. This pageant teaches both the children and the audience about symbols of Christmas and their meanings.

This idea was submitted by Bruce MacKenzie, Brandon, Manitoba Division

 

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Christmas Tree & Toys

Hold a classroom decorating contest for the children’s ministry. Each class would spend time for a few weeks decorating their classroom space for Christmas. During our last gathering  hold an “Open House” and have the children invite their parents, friends and corps members to tour the classrooms and vote for the best decorated. This provids extra motivation for the children to bring someone with them and it was a lot of fun for everyone.

Editor’s Note: You might want to also include a time of caroling and Christmas cookies to conclude the event.

Submitted by Perron Goodyear, DHQ, Ontario Great Lakes Division.

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