Advent and Christmas: Outreach & Teaching

Created on July 23rd, 2012

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Outreach and teaching ideas for Advent and Christmas.

5 Ways to Help Youth Give Back this Holiday Season

5 Ways to Help Youth Give Back this Holiday Season

By Darryl Nyznyk
What is Christmas really about? Certainly not the latest gadgets or new clothes as retailers would have us believe. With the rampant commercialization of the holiday, it is easy…
How Christmas Can Help Your Church Grow

How Christmas Can Help Your Church Grow

By Shane Raynor, Betsy Hall
Churches sometimes underestimate the importance of the Advent and Christmas seasons when planning their growth stategies for the year. Because December is such a busy month, it…
Don't Just Talk about Jesus Again This Christmas

Don't Just Talk about Jesus Again This Christmas

By Shawn Wood
I know that titles that grab your attention usually resolve with being more catch than truth, but I am spitting truth here.  Please don’t talk any more about Jesus…
Christmas: Just Invite

Christmas: Just Invite

By Beamer Films
Encourage your congregation to invite friends, family and neighbors during the Christmas season. This video confronts the fact that people are more open to spiritual truth during…
Christmas: So He Could Be Known

Christmas: So He Could Be Known

By Beamer Films
This video is similar to Beamer's other Christmas video entitled "God's Greatest Gift", but with a few changes, including music with a more Christmas feel. Encourage others with…
Walk Through Bethlehem

Walk Through Bethlehem

By Sue Isbell
In the busyness of the holidays, take time to imagine what Bethlehem might have been like the night Jesus was born, as if you were a traveler on a special journey through this…
A Mysterious God, a Tangible Christ

A Mysterious God, a Tangible Christ

By Robert A. Ratcliff
As Advent draws near, we spend a lot of time thinking, teaching, and preaching about the great Christian doctrine of the Incarnation. In Christ, God comes to us, becomes one of…
Advent Wreath Liturgies for "A Different Kind of Christmas"

Advent Wreath Liturgies for "A Different Kind of Christmas"

By Jarrod Johnston
This Advent season, our worship and education teams have chosen to take on the A Different Kind of Christmas study, based on the book Christmas is Not Your Birthday by Rev…
Christmas in Two Homes

Christmas in Two Homes

By Jenni Duncan
A suitcase, step-families, many grandparents, a manger, Santa, and maybe Hanukkah. Airplanes, long car rides, and different beds. Quick stops in many places. Gifts, food, and…
The Truth About Santa Claus

The Truth About Santa Claus

By Max Lucado
Some call him Sinterklaas. Others Pere Noel or Papa Noel. He’s been known as Hoteiosho, Sonnerklaas, Father Christmas, Jelly Belly, and to most English speakers, Santa…
Worshiping Through Advent

Worshiping Through Advent

By Jenny Youngman
The season of Advent begins the Christian year. In Advent we learn to wait, to expect God’s movement in the world. The most familiar Advent tradition is the lighting of the…
Christmas: A Time To Prepare

Christmas: A Time To Prepare

By Beamer Films
Pregnancy is a wonderful illustration of the season of Advent. Waiting, hoping, and anticipating that special day in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus -- the light of the…
Christmas: God's Greatest Gift

Christmas: God's Greatest Gift

By Beamer Films
Encourage others with this video about epic story of Jesus... how his humility is our gift, his poverty is our riches, his shame is our glory, and his life is our light.
The Lowliness of God

The Lowliness of God

By Jan Johnson
What picture comes to mind when you hear this phrase: a homeless refugee with a price on his head? That description fits the baby Jesus held tightly by his parents fleeing in the…
5 Things Your Church Must Do at Christmas

5 Things Your Church Must Do at Christmas

By Betsy Hall, Shane Raynor
Earlier this week, someone asked us to list five things that churches really need to do at Christmas. We brainstormed and came up with the following ideas based on our own…
Jesus' Birthday Wish List

Jesus' Birthday Wish List

By Kevin Alton
What do you get for somebody who has everything? Choosing Christmas gifts is one of the most torturous social exercises known to humankind. It’s our own fault that it has…
Focusing Christmas Outward

Focusing Christmas Outward

By Josh Mauney
It is a hot July all over the country and already thoughts are being turned toward Christmas. While it may seem a little crazy to already be talking about a holiday that is months …
Christmas Remix

Christmas Remix

By Rachel Gilmore
Rethinking How and Why Your Congregation Celebrates the Season As a church leader, have you ever thought about skipping Christmas? There’s a quirky little John Grisham…
Advent Traditions to Try

Advent Traditions to Try

By Josh Tinley
Christians today have a tendency to get into the Christmas spirit a little earlier than we probably should. Retailers in the United States more than a century ago decided that the …
Creating an Advent Devotional for Home

Creating an Advent Devotional for Home

By Joellyn Webster Tuttle
An Advent devotional booklet can encourage families and individuals to take time at home to remember what Christ's birth means. What we believe and what we do can come together in …
Helping People Spend Wisely

Helping People Spend Wisely

By Jessica Miller Kelley
Christmas is a half-trillion dollar industry in the United States. Gifts, decorations, big meals, travel, cards, shipping. . . all this merriment comes with a hefty price tag, if…
Big Events for Christmas

Big Events for Christmas

By Robert J. Morgan
After pastoring the same church for 31 Christmases, I’ve got mixed feelings about the holiday. For church workers, Christmas isn’t easy. It comes annually with the…
Winter Snow v.7

Winter Snow v.7

By Beamer Films
This is version 7 of 7 loopable motion backgrounds that show the glories of winter! Sure to add ambiance and heighten your winter or Christmas service offerings.
Glowing Lights Loop 03

Glowing Lights Loop 03

By Beamer Films
This loop is from our "Glowing Lights" collection, a set of 6 looping motion backgrounds great for sermon notes, announcements, lyrics, or by itself to add a creative edge to your …
Christmas Quotes Countdown

Christmas Quotes Countdown

By Beamer Films
Against the backdrop of nativity images, this countdown features powerful Christmas scriptures and quotes that are sure to inspire. Surely a perfect lead-in to your christmas…
Try Something New for Advent

Try Something New for Advent

By Ministry Matters
Before we know it, the air will be turning cool, leaves will fall, the Thanksgiving turkeys will go on sale, and the twelfth month of people's calendars will start filling up with …
Worship in a Flash (Free Download!)

Worship in a Flash (Free Download!)

By Ministry Matters
When your kids' Christmas gifts arrive on the doorstep from Amazon in a few months, many people's excitement may give way to panic when they see those dreaded words "Some Assembly …
5 Outreach Ideas for Advent

5 Outreach Ideas for Advent

By Shane Raynor
For the Western secular world, the Christmas season starts right after the Thanksgiving Day meal and ends on Christmas Day. Then we set our sights on the New Year. But…
Keep Christ in Advent

Keep Christ in Advent

By Robert A. Ratcliff
“Wait,” you say; “Didn’t you mean ‘Keep Christ in Christmas?’” Well, no, I didn’t mean that. As we’ve all suspected and…