A Life-giving Christmas: Rethink Church Resources for Advent and Christmas


Have you ever awakened the day after Christmas feeling like you missed it? That with all the craziness (shopping, parties, cooking, family visits, etc.,) you just didn’t get the experience you had hoped for?

This Christmas, Rethink Church invites you to A Life-giving Christmas – to widen the lens, focus on the real…the authentic…the things that really matter and the true gift of the season – life.
And not just any life – rich, meaningful life from a very real part of God – God’s own son. Hope, peace, joy and love are not just candles to be lit around an advent wreath – they are facets of a living Christ to be ignited in our lives and our communities. Christmas can be that time of refueling for the new
year ahead, if we carefully invest ourselves and engage life-giving principles.

This four-week lectionary-based sermon series
will engage your congregation in very tangible ways:

     and Social Challenges ask participants to stretch themselves in
     association with each week’s theme.

  • Practical
         applications promote engaging the scripture throughout the week, and make
         “putting into practice” an essential part of the faith.
  • Social
         media ideas encourage interaction with people beyond the congregation
         before and after the message.

“A Life-giving Christmas” will challenge yourcommunity to experience Christmas differently this year by practicing hope, peace, joy and love beyond the walls. 

Before you begin

Sermon Starters: A Life-giving Christmas

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“A Life-giving Christmas” multimedia bundle which includes:

  • Five videos for worship/discussion (Great also for posting on Facebook, using
         in Sunday School, or other small groups. Questions for reflection are
  • Graphics for worship bulletins & worship slides
  • Graphics for an invitation card to be inserted in bulletin and given out in the
         weeks prior to the series
  • Door hanger graphics and customizable direct mail to use as you invite the
  • A bonus drama package includes five sketches to use in addition to or in
         place of worship videos.

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Christmas is a season that’s filled with joy and excitement. Kids look forward to the Christmas celebrations they’ll attend, the gifts they’ll receive, and the fun they’ll experience during the welcomed
break from school. This year, give children and families the opportunity to experience something more personal, more powerful—the gift of a life-giving Christmas. Help kids explore how Jesus brings hope to the hopeless. Let them experience the peace Jesus brings in the midst of chaos. Have kids celebrate the joy of helping others. And, help them share the love of Jesus with loved ones and neighbors. You’ll give new life to kids’ relationships with Jesus at Christmastime and all year long!

Download A LIfe-giving Christmas for Children and Families

Written by Patty Smith, Director of Children’s Ministries, Tennessee Annual Conference

Download A Life-giving Chirstmas for Youth

Written by Jeremy Steele, Christ United Methodist Church, Mobile, Alabama


The Advance

The Advance: Alternative Giving Flyer

The Advance offers perfect opportunities to give beyond the ordinary with alternative gifts – the practice of giving a donation in someone’s honor rather than a physical gift. It is really two gifts in one – a gift through The Advance to the people it helps and a gift to the person you honor. 100 % of
your gift reaches its intended mission and ministry.


Lectionary Planning Helps for Sundays 

Advent – Christmas – Epiphany

Trail of Hope Advent Meditations


Rethink Church
this Christmas video

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Bulletin Covers


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Worship Graphics  

Week 1 Sermon Starter

Week 2 Sermon Starter

Week 3 Sermon Starter

Week 4 Sermon Starter

These resources are made possible by United Methodist Communications through your Connectional Ministry giving. 

For more information and resources: www.umcom.org/rethinkchurch


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