Advent and Christmas: Outreach & Teaching

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Outreach and teaching ideas for Advent and Christmas.

  1. 5 Ways to Help Youth Give Back this Holiday Season

    Articles 5 Ways to Help Youth Give Back this Holiday Season

    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…

  2. How Christmas Can Help Your Church Grow

    Articles How Christmas Can Help Your Church Grow

    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…

  3. Don't Just Talk about Jesus Again This Christmas

    Articles Don't Just Talk about Jesus Again This Christmas

    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…

  4. Christmas: Just Invite

    Product Christmas: Just Invite

    • By Beamer Films
    • Posted on February 1st, 2011

    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…

  5. Christmas: So He Could Be Known

    Product Christmas: So He Could Be Known

    • By Beamer Films
    • Posted on February 1st, 2011

    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…

  6. Walk Through Bethlehem

    Articles Walk Through Bethlehem

    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…

  7. A Mysterious God, a Tangible Christ

    Articles A Mysterious God, a Tangible Christ

    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…

  8. Advent Wreath Liturgies for "A Different Kind of Christmas"

    Articles Advent Wreath Liturgies for "A Different Kind of Christmas"

    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…

  9. Christmas in Two Homes

    Articles Christmas in Two Homes

    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…

  10. The Truth About Santa Claus

    Articles The Truth About Santa Claus

    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…

  11. Worshiping Through Advent

    Articles Worshiping Through Advent

    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…

  12. Christmas: A Time To Prepare

    Product Christmas: A Time To Prepare

    • By Beamer Films
    • Posted on February 1st, 2011

    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…

  13. Christmas: God's Greatest Gift

    Product Christmas: God's Greatest Gift

    • By Beamer Films
    • Posted on February 1st, 2011

    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.

  14. The Lowliness of God

    Blog The Lowliness of God

    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…

  15. 5 Things Your Church Must Do at Christmas

    Articles 5 Things Your Church Must Do at Christmas

    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…

  16. Jesus' Birthday Wish List

    Articles Jesus' Birthday Wish List

    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…

  17. Focusing Christmas Outward

    Articles Focusing Christmas Outward

    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 …

  18. Christmas Remix

    Articles Christmas Remix

    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…

  19. Advent Traditions to Try

    Articles Advent Traditions to Try

    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 …

  20. Creating an Advent Devotional for Home

    Articles Creating an Advent Devotional for Home

    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 …

  21. Helping People Spend Wisely

    Articles Helping People Spend Wisely

    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…

  22. Big Events for Christmas

    Articles Big Events for Christmas

    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…

  23. Winter Snow v.7

    Product Winter Snow v.7

    • By Beamer Films
    • Posted on February 1st, 2011

    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.

  24. Glowing Lights Loop 03

    Product Glowing Lights Loop 03

    • By Beamer Films
    • Posted on February 1st, 2011

    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 …

  25. Christmas Quotes Countdown

    Product Christmas Quotes Countdown

    • By Beamer Films
    • Posted on February 1st, 2011

    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…

  26. Try Something New for Advent

    Articles Try Something New for Advent

    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 …

  27. Worship in a Flash (Free Download!)

    Articles Worship in a Flash (Free Download!)

    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 …

  28. 5 Outreach Ideas for Advent

    Articles 5 Outreach Ideas for Advent

    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…

  29. Keep Christ in Advent

    Articles Keep Christ in Advent

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