Here's a simple way to affirm volunteers during Christmas
parties or training times.
Explain that your group is going to step into the nativity
rather than justreading about it. Form pairs, and give each pair a
Bible to read Matthew 1:18-2:12.
Afterward, gather everyone's attention. Say: You'll introduce
your partner to the entire group and using affirming words, explain
how your partner is like one of the people or objects in the
The first pair steps forward into the imaginary Nativity scene.
Each partner tells how the other person is like someone or
something in the nativity passages. For example, "This is Joan.
She's like the Magi in Matthew because she shows amazing wisdom
leading kids." or "This is Dave, who's bright like the star in Luke
because of his compassion ."
Continue until all pairs have physically joined the