If you’re looking for a better way to produce a Christmas Program in your small church children’s ministry, here’s 5 easy tips for success!
It’s never to early to start thinking about your Christmas program!
If you are anything like me, you just let out an audible sigh. Christmas programs have their benefits … and definitely their negatives. But what if you could do a production that involved all your youth, brought in visitors, and glorified God in the process? Well, you CAN!
Make Evangelism Top Priority
First of all, doing Christmas programs for performance sake will not only burn you out in small churches but will come across forced and lacking. Set your goal to proclaim the gospel. That never returns void!
Set your mind on evangelism and use the children’s Christmas program to reach unsaved loved ones. Everyone wants to come see cute kids on the stage. Grandparents can’t resist, neighbors feel obligated, and even parents who don’t attend with their kids won’t miss it for the world. Use this time to tell all those that come about the power of Jesus’ birth, and ultimately the salvation He brought the perfect Christmas present.
Even with few kids in a small church, you can pull off amazing Christmas programs.
5 Easy Tips for Better Success:
1) Have kids sing along with the soundtrack.
Find songs with kids singing and use them as sing-alongs. The kids’ voices will meld with the voices on the soundtrack and will make your kids sound like a real choir. Emphasize the movements. Then if they don’t sing, it’s more like a “dance-along”.
2) Find poems that go with the theme of the program.
Pick any kid that can read to read the poem, or have multiple kids read a few lines each. Most importantly, don’t make them memorize, they can read them straight from the stage.
3) Have older kids or youth read the Biblical account of Jesus’ birth.
Filter this throughout your program, having songs and poems break up the reading of the TRUE story.
4) Teach older kids sign language.
Have more committed kids, ones who can memorize and have time for a few practices, learn a song in sign language. Emphasize your signs to use your entire body. These can be very powerful. There are many on Youtube that you can use to teach the signs, facial expressions, and performance style.
5) Give a mini-sermon that emphasizes salvation.
If you have an older teen who feels called in this area, be sure to utilize that gift. Otherwise, the pastor or children’s director should wrap things up always giving the challenge to accept Jesus’ gift of salvation. This is the purpose of the program!
What about rehearsals?
Make practices part of your Sunday morning or Wednesday night. Keep them short and light, many songs have motions on Youtube. Don’t feel you have to reinvent the wheel. Just play the youtube video and let it do the teaching.
By choosing songs kids can sing along to, you can have the songs playing in the background during kids’ church Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights. You can make CDs to have parents play at home. And you can even allow kids to join the stage who haven’t made it to any of the practices.
Add an All-Church Christmas Party for better attendance
Attach your Christmas program to an all-church (plus visitors) Christmas party. Include fun White Elephant games (give away junk from your over-flowing church storage area!) or Minute to Win it games. Joining the salvation message and the fellowship of the body of Christ helps people make a lasting connection with the church family.
(Added Tip: Have your church family sing the 12 days of Christmas, but break it up by birth months. January birth month sing “and a partridge in a pear tree” whereas those born in May sing “FIVE golden rings” and so forth. It is HILARIOUS and gets everyone involved. Just make sure you post the days as a happy reminder.)
On the day of the program, you can invite all kids in attendance to the stage. This can involve those who weren’t able to come to rehearsals and bulks up the numbers on stage.
Stand in the back to direct. By standing in the far back instead of the close front, kids are forced to look up and back and not directly down at the ground in front of them. Do the motions with them to remind them what movements to do.
And two more quick, but important, things for successful small church Christmas programs:
Let them make their mistakes and not do everything perfectly.
Take the stress off by laughing at the cuteness. Most kids will not sing at all. So it’s a great thing to have kids singing on the soundtrack. Let them dance and have fun.
And lastly, do all things for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 reminds us to do all things for the glory of God. That means practices, song choice, poems, fellowship, and silly games. Cover your intentions, your time and effort, your program, and the results in prayer. Make it your sole (and soul) purpose to bring Glory to the one we celebrate.
Now you’re ready for Christmas! Let the programs begin!