Filling the Christmas Eve Void

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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.

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  • 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.

This article is excerpted from Children’s Ministry Magazine.

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