Christmas

ADVENT WITH AN ELF – Brooklyn Lindsey – Youth Ministry Christian Article

ADVENT WITH AN ELF Hi. I’m Brooklyn. I’m a mom of two kids (three if you count our goldendoodle Marley). I’m a writer and a pastor and I love everything there is to love about Christmas. When The Elf On A Shelf tradition came about I jumped on board. Fun always draws our family closer and it was a lot of fun moving the elf, causing mischief, and even texting the kids as “Christmas Tree” our elf. What I learned…

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Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry: Advent Journey Spirals – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

We are now totally on the countdown to Advent. If you haven’t read December’s edition of Premier Youth and Children’s Work magazine, then I suggest you get your hands on one!! Here is one of the crafts I wrote for my page in the magazine as a little taster of what you can expect… This craft explores the idea of a journey towards the birth of Jesus, echoing the journey that Mary and Joseph take to Bethlehem and our own…

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Six Nativity Star Ideas – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This year, the Church of England has launched a campaign called Follow the Star, which is encouraging churches and local groups to engage in star related activities in Advent and Christmas.  If you are joining in, and even if you aren’t, here are some ‘star’ ideas to help you out! Star tea light mats and Advent prayer Nativity star reflective colouring page Nativity Star craft and prayers Messy Christmas Star Ornaments Epiphany star finger print prayers Epiphany play dough mat…

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No Rehearsal Nativity Script for Younger Children – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry: No Rehearsal Nativity Script for Younger Children Pages No Rehearsal Nativity Script for Younger Children We’re getting ready for Christmas and one of the things I’m most excited about is our upcoming crib service.  It’s a new venture for our church, but it sounds as if the community are really getting behind it!  We have invited families to turn up dressed in nativity character costumes and everyone can join in the tableau that is formed during…

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Why is the interruption of routines and traditions at Christmas so difficult for a child? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  Children of divorce get used to a particular routine. While living in a different house every week or leaving your home to spend every other weekend with a different parent might not seem like a routine to us adults, to children, it is what has become their routine. It is a schedule that has become a routine they can count on to happen. They can look forward to seeing the other parent every other Friday. Or they know that…

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DC4K » What are the 3 S’s that can trigger unexpected emotions and memories at Christmas? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  Just thinking about walking into my mom’s kitchen brings back fond memories. The aroma of homemade candies and pies flood my mind. The sight of her Christmas tree with the tiny little red bell that had been in my family since before I was born comes to my mind.  Any time I smell cinnamon, it takes me back to Christmases past of when my children were small. My children and I always drank spiced tea during the holidays. When…

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Apologetics: Was the Story of Christmas Based on a Pagan Myth? – Christian Article

  Apologetics: Was the Story of Christmas Based on a Pagan Myth? by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones It’s an accusation that’s been around a long time. Even in ancient times, critics of Christianity noticed some parallels between Christian beliefs and pre-Christian myths. In the late second century, a pagan philosopher named Celsus charged, “The Christians have used the myths of Danae and the Melanippe, of the Auge and Antiope in fabricating this story of virgin birth!” In more recent times,…

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Merry Christmas from the Shaky Isles – Escape to Reality – Christian Article

As you may have heard, one of New Zealand’s many volcanoes erupted last week killing more than a dozen tourists plus a couple of local tour guides. It was a tragedy and a reminder that our time on earth is short. So make the most of it this Christmas. Treasure your families. Make memories. Live fully. Love deeply. Tell your kids about Jesus, who remains the Reason for the Season. This year has been a challenging and shaky one for…

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DC4K » The Wind Chime That Changed Christmas – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

For this single-parent family, it was the first Christmas without the other parent. How could a wind chime make a difference? How did a wind chime help this single parent make new traditions during the holidays? It’s important for single parents to approach the birth of our Savior during the Christmas holidays. It doesn’t have to be all about presents, stressing over where the kids will celebrate Christmas or who is going to purchase the best gifts. It should be,…

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Behold, the Lamb of God: We Hope You Rest – Youth Ministry Christian Article

We’ve come to the end of our Advent Devotional for Students, but on this Christmas Eve we wanted to stop and speak directly to our Rooted audience — parents and youth ministers — about why the prophecies we’ve explored over the last three weeks mean so much to us as believers.  From the beginning, God knew exactly what He would do to cure the world’s sickness. He knew exactly who He would send; how and when it would happen; He…

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Did You Know? – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Yesterday, I picked up my granddaughter, Andi, from school.  On the ride home she kept talking about “additions,” and how we need to start a new addition at Christmas.  Believe me, I had no idea what she was talking about, and so I started asking her questions to clarify.  Finally, I realized she was saying TRADITIONS.  I began to talk about the traditions we do already.  One tradition that many families participate in is watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. A…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Be a Holiday “Apprecianado” – Youth Ministry Christian Article

During the holidays, we have lots of opportunities to engage others beyond the surface conversations we normally have with them. So what would it look like to fearlessly engage them, paying ridiculous attention to their nuances and calling out their story? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at examples in the Gospels where Jesus digs past the surface with others. LISTEN…

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Merry Christmas – Bible Gateway Blog – Christian Article

Content manager for Bible Gateway “…the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger….” (Luke 2:15-16) [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, 15 Bible Verses That Tell the Christmas Story] [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Romans Road to Salvation] Learn all about Jesus by becoming…

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DIY Nativity Story Spoons (print and colour in!) – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry: DIY Nativity Story Spoons (print and colour in!) Pages DIY Nativity Story Spoons (print and colour in!) I try to buy or make a new nativity scene every year and this year I decided to have go at making some story spoons. These can either be displayed or used to retell the story and are a good size to be held by little hands! You will need: 10 wooden spoons (you can buy some quite cheaply…

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New Uses for the Hymn Board – Christian Article

New Uses for the Hymn Board After yesterday’s discussion on Twitter prompted by Traci Rhoades, I thought you’d like to see what my wife did when she inherited a hymn board at the church where she now serves. For Advent it got more complicated! The second line in this board is replaced each week… …with the lines shown on the right in this picture. And the candle flames on the left……end up on the hymn board on the other side of…

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A Great Sign Will Occur on Christmas; Jupiter Will Be Swallowed by the Sun During the Eclipse! Updated 2X – End Times Christian Article

A significant celestial event/sign is going to take place on December 26, 2019—Jupiter will be swallowed by the sun during the solar eclipse. (Note: In some time zones the eclipse will occur on Christmas night, but will not be visible.) Of course I am speaking celestially and not literally, from the perspective of earth it will appear as if Jupiter is swallowed by the sun at the time of the solar eclipse. Let me give you the details and then explain what…

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Rooted 2019 Christmas Devotional for Students: Day Fifteen – Youth Ministry Christian Article

He Will Not Grow Faint or Discouraged Behold my servant, whom I uphold,my chosen, in whom my soul delights;I have put my Spirit upon him…a bruised reed he will not break,and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;he will faithfully bring forth justice.He will not grow faint or be discouragedtill he has established justice in the earth;and the coastlands wait for his law. Thus says God, the Lord,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spread out the earth and what comes from it,who…

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Mary – a humble heart – Living the life God intended – Christian Article

Hi how was your week? Mine was good and activities are now slowing down for Christmas. Have you brought your presents yet? I have – now I am just expectant to see the faces of the receivers on Christmas Day. This week we are continuing our theme of looking at the Christmas characters. The next one is Mary. So first, what do we know about Mary? Well we know she was probably only a teenage girl. She was engaged to…

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Christmas: Unusual In Every Respect! – Christian Article

It really does not feel like it was that long ago that we were making plans for Christmas 2018, but that was last year. My wife and I had just moved across to North Wales, our son was just in the throes of getting used to his first term in school. We had lots of expectation, lots of hope, lots and lots to look forward to. In my mind’s eye, I can still vividly see all the bright Christmassy lights…

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As Christmas approaches, remember Bethlehem in your prayers – Wings Of The Eagle Blog – End Times Christian Article

From the newest newsletter from Ari of MAOZ messianic ministry in Israel, let us read of the true state of Bethlehem: Christian no more, Satan has a foothold in the city of our Lord’s nativity. Poor little town of Bethlehem When I was a child decades ago in Israel, we had issues with Islamic terrorists, but the Palestinian Arab community at large was focused on their jobs and raising their families. Towns like Nazareth and Bethlehem had a Christian Arab…

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The Nativity Challenge Game! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I’ve created a BRAND NEW Christmas Game! Time for another interactive game that helps teach and review the Christmas Story while getting the kids involved! It’s a game show! It’s review! It’s FUN! It’s the Nativity Challenge! Your kids will compete to complete a Nativity Scene by doing various fun interactive challenges! Almost everything you need is provided including original art, instructions, tips and trivia. You provide some simple props like candy canes and cups and a few other miscellaneous…

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Rooted 2019 Christmas Devotional for Students: Day Ten – Youth Ministry Christian Article

They Love Me; They Love Me Not Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be…

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Over 100 Christmas Ideas for Children’s Ministry During the Holidays – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

God gave Jesus at Christmas because of love! And because we love you, here are over 100 Christmas ideas for children’s ministry! Enjoy! 9 Children’s Message Ideas for Christmas 3 Christmas Prayers Throughout this season, help your kids discover the power of talking to God. Christmas Candy Cane Story Use this children’s message in big church or your Sunday school class at Christmastime. Christmas Quiet Help kids focus on the real meaning of Christmas. Does God Give Us Presents? Use this children’s message to…

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How About Making Memories Instead of Using All Your Money on Presents – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As parents, we want to give our kids great gifts at Christmas. We get their wish lists and get as much as our budget allows. But what if we focused on making memories instead of tons of gifts? Christmas comes and we give our kids the gifts.  They are excited at first, but as a few months pass by, they grow bored with the present and it sits on a shelf or at the bottom of their toy box. Giving…

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All I Want for Christmas – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I love Christmas and I love youth ministry. When they happen together in the same month (like they do every year) it brings a Buddy-The-Elf type of joy to my face. I want to be like Buddy when I grow up. When I think about it, I realize that I don’t need much. I’m grateful that I get to spend my days doing something that I love and that I get to spend time walking together with teenagers, families and…

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