5 Tips for Your Next Christmas Program


Fixedblog 11.7I was driving around town
yesterday and scanning the radio when I heard it-Christmas music.
It seems to start earlier and earlier each year. And despite the
fact that the Thanksgiving turkey isn’t even on the table, it’s
already time to start preparing for the annual Christmas program.
Whether it’s a Christmas play, a Christmas pageant, or a Christmas
musical, the work starts now.

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  1. Free Ticket- Here is an idea
    a children’s ministry volunteer shared with me, and I thought it
    was a great one! For a Christmas craft, have your younger kids make
    tickets for the play to give away for free. As kids color and
    decorate their tickets-along with writing the time and date of the
    Christmas program- explain to the kids that Jesus is our ticket to
    heaven. And it’s completely free!
  2. Group Effort- Make sure to include other
    people besides parents when you’re looking for volunteers. For
    example, members of the youth group can help with lighting and
    sound, or the senior Sunday school class can help with costumes.
    This helps build connections between your kids and others in your
    church, and also gives you extra hands to help out.
  3. Tech Tools – The holidays can be a busy time
    for families, and you know that not everyone will make every
    meeting or rehearsal. Consider starting a Facebook group
    or sharing a Google Calendar just for the event to help
    remind parents when you will be holding specially timed meetings.
    Keeping parents informed is half the battle.
  4. Video Extras- Something I have used in the
    past with great success is prerecorded video segments. Because I
    know we will have some people who will run late or trickle in after
    we start because they couldn’t find a parking spot, we put together
    a short film with the kids explaining the real meaning of
    Christmas. Not only was it a fun diversion while the late arrivals
    found their seats, but it bought us some time to wrap up any loose
    ends. Consider borrowing a digital camera and shooting commercials
    to promote your upcoming program during church services, or use it
    to record funny bloopers or kids explaining what Christmas means to
    them. The best part is that you can burn multiple copies of the DVD
    to hand out to parents for gifts.
  5. Let Kids Shine- Kids all have different
    talents and areas where they can excel. Some really love to sing
    while others are deathly afraid of the spotlight. Prepare to
    accommodate kids with stage fright by giving them the option to
    contribute in a way they enjoy. Let artistic ones make posters or
    backdrops. Let ones who like to serve help usher in guests. The
    idea is to let every child use their God-given talents for

There are six weeks left until Christmas. If you’re still not sure
what to do for Christmas, make sure to check out
Chris Yount Jones’ new blog
for a couple of great ideas. Leave
a comment below to let us know what you have done for a Christmas
program in the past!


About Author

David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

1 Comment

  1. Helmut Egesa Wagabi on

    Giving special gifts such as new clothes for the less fortunate ones and dolls is a good reminder of the greatest gift God has given to us in the Lord Jesus Christ. Encourage children to share with others what they have been given at home by there parents.

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