Celebrating the birth of Christ can come in many different ways. As you gather, share the hope of Christ.
Host a Party
While there are lots of different kinds of Christmas gatherings, the important thing is to pick one and start the process.
- Pray about how you can reach people for Christ during the season of His birth.
- Plan a Christmas outreach party. Decide who you will invite to participate.
- Ask other friends to join you as you pray, plan, invite and prepare for the party, execute and follow-up.
- Collect the elements needed for the gathering.
- Celebrate with family, friends and guests. Share the love and hope of Christ through your words, actions, activities and symbols.
As you plan your party, note all the symbols of the gospel and use them to start conversations about the good news of Christ.
- Advent wreath - Hope, peace, joy and the light of Jesus are seen in the explanation of this traditional centerpiece (Romans 15:13)
- Angels - They announced the birth of Christ (Luke 2:10-11)
- Birthday cake - Celebrate Jesus' birthday (Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 2:11) with a cake
- Candles - Candles represent the light of the world (John 8:12)
- Church - This reminds us that the people of God come together to worship God (Psalm 33:1-4)
- Cross - Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins (1 John 2:2)
- Dove - The Holy Spirit is represented by a dove (Matthew 3:16-17; Luke 3:21-22)
- Gifts - The free gift of Christ is offered through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9)
- Heart - Christians share their heart with others (Matthew 28:19-20)
- Mistletoe - The love of God is eternal and unending (John 3:16)
- Nativity - God sent Christ, born on what we celebrate as Christmas day. He was laid in a feeding trough and is our bread of life (Luke 2, John 6)
- Potpurri - Believers are the aroma of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:15)
- Star - Wise men followed the star to find the Christ child (Matthew 2:1-2)
- Tree - The evergreen tree symbolizes the eternal life we have as believers in Christ (John 17:3)
- Wreath - This reminds us of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when He died on the cross (Matthew 27:29; Mark 15:17; John 19:2, 5)
At the party, let every activity point toward Christ and the message of grace. Choose the ones that fit your group. These ideas will get you started.
- Have invitees bring canned goods or toys for those in need; take the gifts to a shelter or mission center
- Act out the nativity scene and read the gospel story in Luke 2
- Make dough by mixing cinnamon and applesauce. Roll and cut with cookie cutter (angel, cross, etc.). Place a hole in the top and place on waxed paper to dry. When dry, thread ribbon through the hole and use as an ornament. While guests make the ornaments, tell the story of the wise men bringing gifts and spices at the birth of Jesus. Weave in the truths of the gospel as you share about the angels rejoicing about the hope of the cross.
- Ice sugar cookies shaped by a few of the symbols listed above. As everyone enjoys the fellowship that comes with baking, cutting and decorating cookies together, share stories of how what the cookie symbolizes has made an impact on your life. You can share how He has been there for you (angels), how He has been your peace (dove), when He gave you eternal life (cross) or a time when He has shown His love to you (heart). Invite guests to share their God-stories or welcome questions if they have any.
- Sing Christmas songs or go caroling. If needed, provide flashlights or candles to light the way. Enjoy the opportunity to talk about the words that are sung and come back for a time of thanksgiving, Christmas sharing and hot chocolate (or iced cider, for those of us in the South)!
Share the hope of Christ by giving the HeartCall Tract or the Gifted2Go gospel cards. Include the words in your conversation before, during and after the party. Pray that others see the hope we have in Christ and learn that they, too, are gifted to make a difference.
Christmas Party Church Events
In the days to come, look for our Christmas Party Pack, which is a ring of index-sized cards with Christmas party ideas. These packs can be used to host an event at your church, where your members can hear about different Christmas parties they could host. You will enjoy the video of how Nancy Gillentine's church, First Baptist Church of Medina, OH, hosted one of these fun events. Sign up for our newsletter here to make sure you know when these are ready.