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Filling the Christmas Eve Void

voidMany churches struggle with finding volunteers for children's ministry during Christmas Eve services. Use these ideas when you're in a pinch for volunteers at one of the busiest times of the year.

  • Volunteer Trade-Ask other churches in your area if they'd be interested in swapping volunteers on Christmas Eve. Ensure they have the same security background checks on volunteers; then offer a trade. Your volunteers can cover their holiday services and their volunteers can cover yours. Of course, you'll need to make sure each church has different service times that evening!
  • Local High Schools-Many high school students need community service hours for social studies classes or to hold their membership in organizations such as National Honor Society. Check with schools to see if there are students they'd recommend as helpers for Christmas Eve. Then pair these students with regular volunteers in your ministry.
  • Regulars-For those regular volunteers who do help, provide them with an audio or video recording of the service if you have only one offered on Christmas Eve. Then send them home with a sweet dessert for their Christmas meal.

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