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3 Last-Minute Christmas Ideas for Your Children’s Ministry

You need these three last-minute Christmas ideas since Christmas is finally here! With so many things going on, you might still be preparing your Christmas services or looking for one or two more ideas to make it perfect. No matter where you are in your Christmas planning, it’s not too late! We’ve pulled together three terrific last-minute ideas you can use to make Christmas in children’s church the best it can be.

3 Last-Minute Christmas Ideas for Your Children’s Ministry

1. My Manger

Give each child an envelope with the flap cut off, some modeling dough, and a small gingerbread cookie cutter. Help kids cut out gingerbread figures from their dough. Next, let kids color their envelopes (which will become mangers). When they’re finished, fold and tape each lower envelope corner so it lies flat on the bottom fold of the envelope. This will enable the “manger” to stand up on its own. Finally, to make the hay-bed, let kids crumble up a piece of shredded-wheat cereal. To complete the scene, have children place their dough figure on top of their straw while you read from Luke 2:1-20.

2. Mitten Angels

Here’s a fun outreach idea. Have families bring in pairs of mittens and let kids turn them into angels. Afterward, donate the mittens to a local shelter so the angels can help keep those in need warm.

3. Census Questions

Help the families in your ministry get closer together by taking this “census” like Mary and Joseph did in Luke 2:1-5.


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3 thoughts on “3 Last-Minute Christmas Ideas for Your Children’s Ministry

  1. A really good answer, full of raotlnatiiy!

  2. Rebecca Eads

    We are hosting a Bethlehem Adventure with 12 learning stations with small tokens to share the Christmas Story and end with the manger.

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