10 Resources to Help Plan Your Christmas Service
We’re a few weeks into Fall and Christmas is our topic of discussion here at Velocity Ministry Management. We’ve said it before, but planning ahead is the best approach to the busy holiday season. The good news (other than Jesus, of course!) is that you don’t have to completely start your planning process from scratch. There are so many wonderful sites out there with great advice and pre-made resources that will make planning easier.
As you start thinking about your own church’s Christmas celebrations, here are 10 resources to help plan your Christmas service.
This informative blog post is incredibly helpful as you begin your Christmas service planning. As the title says, Vanderbloemen offers 14 reflective questions to get your mind thinking and your creative juices flowing! Bonus: In addition to this free article, there’s also a free Christmas Eve Service Checklist at the end of the post.
The Open Network by Life. Church has a variety of holiday graphics, stock photos, downloadable sermons, songs, kids lessons, and more for anyone looking for some fresh content this Christmas. They’re even generous enough to offer it all for free! Check out their Christmas Tips section for more advice on planning for the Christmas season.
Planning for Christmas is a process. That’s why Velocity Ministry Management created this free comprehensive guide that has the process figured out for you. With years of event planning experience, VMM has narrowed it down to five key steps that will make your busy season less stressful and more joyful!
Courageous Storytellers is all about taking the hard out of church communication. Communicating Christmas celebrations to your church and community members is a very important step to planning. Through a paid membership with Courageous Storytellers, you’ll get access to helpful webinars, holiday graphics, and other “resources that’ll transform you into a Christmas invitation ninja.” Memberships are $29 per month if you choose the monthly plan, or $299 per year.
LightStock offers the best selection of faith-based, royalty-free Christian stock photos, vectors, and video footage on the market. They offer both a pay-as-you-go and an annual subscription format to suit the needs of various church sizes. Here you can find gorgeous, professional content to take your Christmas invitations, backdrops, sermons, or blog to the next level. Begin your 30-day free trial or check out other pricing options, which start at $12 per credit.
If you’re looking for a new way to tell the Christmas story, MinistryPass‘s selection of sermons can offer a fresh perspective. With a $59 per month membership, you’ll have access to all of their sermons series options as well as accompanying graphics. Join for free today.
In addition to downloadable sermon content, MinistryPass offers free tangible advice for promoting your own church Advent sermon series via their blog post “How to Promote Your Church Advent Sermon Series.” In this blog post, they’ll walk you through creating dynamic Advent graphics, using video elements in your weekly services, utilizing paid advertisement services, and how to use social media to your advantage.
Church Motion Graphics is a time saver for the church staff in need of more time during the Christmas season. Their free and paid selections of motion background packs, Photoshop templates, social media kits, and graphic downloads are beautifully executed and leave an impactful impression on church guests this holiday.
Are you thinking about doing a short skit at your Christmas service this year? Before you put on your writer’s hat, check out The Skit Guys pre-written scripts that can help you tell the Christmas story. Each skit is available a la carte for typically around $12-$15, and comes as a pdf download.
The WorshipLibrary.com offers resources specific to planning Christmas and Epiphany worship in the form of lectionary texts, prayers, readings, and appropriate blessings. For just $59, you get full access to the entire sites contents for the rest of your life!
Go into this upcoming season equipped with a plan, an open heart, and most importantly, God’s joy. With this, and some help from the above resources, you’ll have all the tools you need to pull off a beautiful Christmas service.