Planning a Covid Christmas
One of the themes for the Small Church Connexion webinar in November was Christmas and how to bring the good news of Jesus within the unusual context of 2020, reports Hilary Taylor
Ken Benjamin of London Institute for Contemporary Christianity brought five different angles for the Christmas message which can be viewed on this link: youtube.com/watch?v=9g89aMVyFeM
Other ideas from small churches have included:
Decorate houses with nativity posters and lights
Artwork at the church on windows.
Church open for private prayer with nativity prayer stations
Knit angels etc and distribute them to neighbours
Gift bags to all church contacts / neighbours
Messy church Christmas on zoom - deliver activity packs to families in advance
Christmas carol drive-ins in retail car parks and Kempton RacecourseChristmas Carols on our doorstep - national initiatives
Ideas involving singing include:
16 December - doorstepcarols.co.uk started in the West Midlands, but going national! Website has music and carol words etc
20 December - bigcarolsing.co.uk in Carlisle, website has a step by step guide
There are more ideas and resources on the Baptists Together website here.
Get creative this year!
Overall it was great to have 45 people join us from across the country for the webinar and we felt that meeting and sharing stories was so encouraging. Ideas were swapped and the focus on what God is doing among us, lifted us from the gloom of the constant newsfeeds.
Do send your stories of what you are doing this Christmas using this contact form. Visit the Smaller Churches area of our website here.
Hilary Taylor is the Small Church Enabler for the London Baptist Association, and a member of Ashford Common Baptist Church