A Fun Way to Engage Kids in Your Christmas Eve Message
At our church, in the past, we’ve handed out activity books for kids to do during our Christmas Eve Services.
But this year we want to engage our kids in the actual service.
The idea actually came from something an evangelist did at a kids’ service during our Summer Camp.
It’s super simple, doesn’t take a whole lot of extra effort for you or whoever’s delivering the message, and you can get everything you need on the cheap.
Here’s what it looks like:
First, you’re going to need to know what the main elements of the message are going to be.
Our Pastor is talking about Isaiah 9:6 and focusing on how Jesus is our “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Second, find things to represent the main elements.
We’re using 2 pennies (giving your “2 cents”) for “Wonderful Counselor,” a Superman sticker for “Mighty God,” a beef stick (a stretch, but meat is a classic father’s day gift) for “Everlasting Father,” and a toothpick-sized white flag for “Prince of Peace.”
Third, buy the materials and put them in ziplock bags.
All the materials I just described for around 50 kids is under $40 total.
Once you purchase them, all you have to do is put 1 of each item in ziplock bags, and you’re all ready for Christmas Eve.
Fourth, hand them out to every kid at Christmas Eve Services.
Give the bags to the greeters for Christmas Eve, and have them hand ’em out.
Last, ask whoever is speaking to use each item as they’re giving the message.
Make sure whoever gives the message uses the items as their communicating to keep kids engaged.
And that’s it.
Obviously since we haven’t actually done this yet, I can’t say how well it actually works.
But when the speaker at Kid’s Camp did it; the kids really engaged well.
What do you do to acknowledge and include kids in your Christmas Eve Services? Leave a comment.
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