Christmas will be here before you know it!
Christmas is one of the busiest seasons for those of us in the church world, especially in children’s ministry. If you’re like me, visions of Christmas programs and events and Advent start swirling in your head right around the time VBS finishes up.
It’s at this time of year though, that I’m starting to scramble and look for quick and easy Christmas ideas for my children’s ministry. Over the past 5 years, I have found the most effective Christmas ideas are simple, fun and focused on Jesus.
While all the bells & whistles are great, sometimes it’s the simple things that are the most meaningful during this season – especially for families and volunteers whose schedules are especially crazy at this time of year!
So, with that in mind, here are some quick and easy Christmas ideas crafted by yours truly:
Cookies & Cocoa: A Family Event
We did this event at our church last year, and it was a huge hit! It was designed for families to sit back and have a fun, relaxing night out together.
We started out by playing up-front games together, and then decorated cookies for first-responders & emergency room staff in our community! We ended the night by eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate. You can purchase and download this family event at Deeper Kidmin – it includes a how-to guide, game instructions, a script & images for you to use to advertise!
Jesse Tree Advent Curriculum
I love the concept of the Jesse Tree, and was first introduced to it in Ann Voskamp’s Advent devotional for families. Last year in our kids’ ministry, we distributed a free Jesse Tree guide for families along with these awesome sticker guides from Oriental Trading.
Then during Advent, we highlighted a different character from the Jesse Tree (aka the family tree of Jesus) on each Sunday – and what kids can learn from them! You can get the whole thing for free here on my site – there’s a preschool edition & elementary edition.
The Lights of Christmas: An Easy Christmas Production
Christmas programs are the bane of every children’s pastor’s existence. I have struggled to find one that works in our context, so I’ve started writing them! The Lights of Christmas is a production we did a couple years ago – it was simple but powerful.
You can purchase it for $10 at Deeper Kidmin – and it includes song recommendations, a customizable script, and promotional images you can use!
Celebrating Advent: FREE Family Guide
I love Advent! It’s one of my favourite seasons to celebrate with my family – and to encourage other families to celebrate too. We distributed this “24 Days of Carols” activity to families in our church a couple of years ago – and I added some great resource recommendations for celebrating Advent with your family. It’s a great way to engage families in your church family this year! Download it here.
Family Advent Calendar
Advent is traditionally structured around four big themes – love, joy, peace & hope. This Family Advent Calendar is structured around those big themes. Families are provided with a calendar to colour, and activities to complete each day. It’s available for purchase at Deeper Kidmin -and it’s a great way to engage families in your kids’ ministry!
I hope these quick and easy resources can serve you well this Christmas season in kids ministry. Check back soon for a resource roundup of Christmas ideas, recommendations for Advent and more!