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Thursday, November 11, 2010
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.
applications promote engaging the scripture throughout the week, and make
“putting into practice” an essential part of the faith.
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.
“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.
A LIFE-GIVING CHRISTMAS FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES
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!
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 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.
WORSHIP AND DEVOTION RESOURCES
2009 ADVENT RESOURCES
"RETHINK CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR"
These resources are made possible by United Methodist Communications through your Connectional Ministry giving.
For more information and resources: www.umcom.org/rethinkchurch