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Table Talk for Christmas
Table Talk for Christmas (and New year) is an all age conversational game. Written by Lucy Moore (Messy Church), Joanne Cox (Methodist Church ) and Paul Griffiths (The Ugly Duckling Com...
Get in the Picture
This is a project that I started in 2008 which has now been used by hundreds of Churches in the UK. It enables people to be involved in the Christmas story in a fun way.After setting up...
Over the years I have given away thousands of glow sticks as a small reminder of the one who was born as light in darkness. They’re as cheap as chips, people love them and they serve as...
Happy Birthday Jesus Card
‘Would you like to wish Jesus a happy birthday and sign his birthday card?’ We asked people around us…Some did. Some laughed. Most looked perplexed. But it created a reaction… We also l...
Sunday morning at the supermarket
We asked Asda if we could use their premises, to do something for the community: they happily agreed. Three of us worked together on this activity. On this occasion we gave out free min...
Christmas walk with neighbours
Invite your neighbours to work off their Christmas lunch by joining you for a walk. Pray for natural opportunities to share your faith....
Open your house for Christmas celebrations. Invite your friends and neighbours. Provide food, canapés, drinks. Have a Christmas quiz, play a game sing along to Christmas songs....
Real Christmas Decoration Competition
Have a competition either with your friends or as a local church, to see who can decorate the outside of their homes to best show the real meaning of Christmas. Can you make it bright ...
Christmas treasure hunt
Host a Christmas treasure hunt, either in your street or around the local church. Hide wrapped chocolates, candy canes, and then provide refreshments afterwards inside. Setup a Christ...
Christmas Carol singalong
Invite your friends and neighbours to a Christmas Carol singalong. Use a CD or a musician for accompaniment, provide nibbles and refreshments....
Carol singing at lunchtime
Raise money for a charity at Christmas time by inviting a few colleagues to Carol sing at the office during lunchtime....
Work Christmas quiz
Run a Christmas quiz at your workplace. Mix in general Christmas and biblical questions....
Christmas Bible readings
With permission, borrow a room at lunchtime and host Christmas bible readings during advent. Email your colleagues and invite them to come along. Decide whether to use a simple transla...
Christmas Tree Prayers
Most people enjoy seeing, and decorating, a Christmas tree.Purchase a Christmas tree and set it up securely in your town centre, decorating it creatively.Have an area where passers-by a...
A light in every street
People went to a stall in St Stephen's Shopping Centre each Thursday evening during Advent, marked their street on a map, and collected a professionally designed and printed prayer card...
Free Christmas present wrapping
Free Christmas present wrapping in your local shopping centre. Ask your church members to donate wrapping paper, bows and gift tags and to volunteer to wrap presents during shopping cen...
Carol singing in the local pub
Approach your local pub and ask the landlord if you can organise a community Carol Service there one evening on the run up to Christmas. It might be worth trying a Sunday evening as you...
Neighbourhood Carol Singing
Organise a group of friends to join you Carol Singing around your neighbourhood. Depending on the nature of your community, you could either do some singing at a local shopping area or ...
Providing Christmas presents
Work with local agencies and charities to find young or elderly people in your area, who will not be receiving many presents this Christmas. Get your church to donate (unwrapped) presen...
Christmas Schools work
Offer to take assemblies or classes in local schools on the meaning of Christmas....
Christmas village fete
Liaise with the police to close off your high street for a few hours one evening, to have a fun open-air Christmas event. Work with local traders to see whether they would like to stay ...
Host a Christmas dinner for those who would otherwise be alone....
Table Talk for Christmas app
The Table Talk for Christmas (and New year) app is an all age conversational game. Written by Lucy Moore (Messy Church), Joanne Cox (Methodist Church ) and Paul Griffiths (The Ugly Duck...
Community Advent Calendar
Christ Church in Staffordshire arranged a giant community advent calendar in local shops. With all the windows revealed by Christmas Eve, they held a guided walk through the town to see...
Get crafty for Christmas
Hold a craft session for children so they can make symbols and decorations for a Christmas tree. You could then hold a special service for the decorations to be placed on the tree....
Christmas gospel message
Brislington Christian Fellowship in Bristol has been producing tract leaflets for a number of years. They drop them through local doors each quarter, to share the good news in a non-thr...
Invite local schools to take part in a Nativity exhibition where they can display pictures or perform drama and songs. Invite parents and the local community to come and watch....
One man in Oldham, was so encouraged by a mission visit to Ghana and how people there openly shared their faith in their towns, he and his mates decided to create billboard adverts in t...
Singing Carols at Residential Care Homes
Each year we attend our local residential care home to sing Christmas carols in the Dementia unit. We have forged links with the unit over time, and have supported them in various ways....
The Christmas Connection
How can we know God? How can we know what he is like? These are just two questions many of us frequently ask. In this evangelistic Christmas mini book, J.John unpacks these questions an...
Christmas Starts with Christ
The Christmas story has been around for a long time, but today it's being forgotten. 'Christmas Starts with Christ' is a campaign aimed at helping churches to make Christ and the a...
Hold a Christingle service in your church, invite the community, and local schools. A Christingle is a fun Christmas activity for families. It is made from an orange, red ribbon, a cand...
Christmas cards for Community Workers
Say "thank you" to the Community Workers in your locality, by giving each of them a Christmas card. Try and find out their names, to make connections with each of them....
Invite a friend to your church carol service
Invite your friend to you local church carol service. You could invite them to your house afterwards for a mince pie and a coffee, or for dinner....
Help your friend with their last minute Christmas shopping
Christmas is getting close, the shopping is done, all you need to do now is pick up the turkey. You are ready, but could you help a friend who is not?...
Christmas Lunch on Jesus
Here is an idea to think about for next year.'Christmas Lunch on Jesus' is an outreach project initiated by Jesus House in London, which distributes free Christmas hampers to residents ...
Run drama, dance or music workshops for young people during the autumn and then give them an opportunity to show off their new talents at a Christmas showcase for parents and friends....
How many times can you say Merry Christmas
Here is a challenge for you...How many times can you wish others 'Merry Christmas' today. You could even have a competition with your friends, who will be the Christmas cheer champion?...
Hot chocolate for skaters
One church had planned an afternoon programme for children and families, but no-one came. As a result, the young volunteers decided to take trays of hot chocolate out to the skate park ...
Organise a group of people to practise and then go door to door singing Christmas carols. Instead of asking for money, why not surprise your neighbours by giving a gift instead? You cou...
Here is a really simple way you could get people in pubs, clubs, community centres, care homes or anywhere people come together, to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. How? Follow ...
Musicals for Children
Why not use one of Sheila Wilson's great musicals themed around the Nativity to engage with Children? There are different musicals for various age groups.Find out more at www.redheadmus...
Sports crowds gather to sing for the Boy Jesus!
The last place you may imagine for a Christian act of worship is a sports stadium. But, across the land, from Portsmouth to Leeds, from Shrewsbury to Sheffield, more and more clubs are ...
The Nativity with a difference
Hundreds of people came through the doors of Hadleigh, Suffolk United Reformed Church, over the Advent season, to witness something of the truth of the Nativity portrayed in one of toda...
Lliswerry Christmas Billboard Campaign
Each year Lliswerry Baptist Church Newport books a billboard in their local community to wish the neighbourhood a 'Merry Christmas'. The billboard highlight's God's love for each of the...
Street Advent Calendar
In one street, neighbours gathered together to celebrate Christmas in style, by creating their own street Advent calendar. Each of the 24 houses featured a different nativity scene in ...
The Real Advent Calendar
A great way to share the Christmas Story The Real Advent Calendar is a fun way for parents, grandparents and Godparents to share the Christmas story. Behind the first giant window there...
'Happy Christmas?' is a full colour, 14 page evangelistic booklet written by Evangelist Steve Mullins, which gives a clear Christmas message that helps people think about the reason for...
Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people about the imminent arri...
Share The Christmas Story
Invite people to read the events of the first Christmas for themselves with 'The Christmas Story'. An ideal giveaway at carol services and other seasonal occasions....
At Christmas we often receive gifts we may not need or want. God offers something of far greater worth that we can’t do without. All it takes is for you to believe and receive the...
Christmas Unwrapped is a live recording of J.John speaking at the Hillsong London Christmas service. J.John unwraps the true meaning of Christmas with his much-loved style of story-tell...
A Christmas Carol audiobook
Purchase a copy of 'A Christmas Carol' audiobook for a friend or family member, to enjoy this recreation of the classic story, and the encouragement to consider some of the messages beh...
More than a Christmas Carol
Thought-provoking and challenging, 'More Than A Christmas Carol' invites you on a journey with Charles Dickens’ Scrooge to uncover the real meaning of Christmas....
Its a Wonderful Life - Resource
This booklet touches upon one basic truth of life: that each of us, no matter how apparently insignificant, has the opportunity to make a difference. Purchase this resource for a friend...
God with us
Give a copy of the 'God with us' Advent study guide to a friend. Purchase a copy for yourself and work through the reflections together....
J.John tells the extraordinary stories behind the many customs and traditions associated with the celebration of Christmas in this colourful children’s book....
The 12 Days of Kindness
Simon and Helen Moores would love to shed kindness across our community, city and beyond into this nation and the world this Christmas. They invite you all to take part. Each morning fo...
On your marks, get set...bake
Have a party or get baking. Why not invite your neighbours around for mulled wine and mince pies or gather a group together to bake cakes for a local residential care home....
Postpone your party
Why not postpone your party to the new year. Once all of the celebrations have finished in January, get together with your family and friends...
All I want for Christmas is a break...
Give your neighbours a break this Christmas. Offer to look after their children while they finish their Christmas shopping or spend some time together....
It'll be lonely this Christmas
Look out for the lonely in your community, by inviting them for food or drink this Christmas....
Personalise the post
Why not hand deliver your Christmas cards this year? Take time to chat with the people receiving them. You could ask them if they have any prayer requests for the upcoming new year....
Mince Pie Tuesdays
As December rolls around, think about starting a mince pie club in your office. This will involve you and your colleagues gathering, for a cup of tea or coffee and, of course, mince pie...
Christmas cards for colleagues
Think about writing Christmas cards for your colleagues at work. Perhaps you could pause and pray for a minute after writing their name. Is there something that God wants you to say to ...
Rock around the Christmas Tree
As Christmas moves nearer, plan and then host a work Christmas party. What could be more fun?...
Give moaning a miss
People get stressed over many things around Christmas. This can lead to moaning: the rush to shop for presents, the turkey, the weather, and so on.But why? Instead, you can be excited:...
Countdown to Christmas
Good old chocolatey advent calendars: practically everyone loves them. Considering this, why don’t you take the time to make one for your office?As well as a daily dose of chocolate, co...
Incarnation is a Big Issue
During the busyness of the Christmas shopping why not take some time to chat with your local Big Issue seller. Ask them about their story, buy them a coffee, you could also offer to pra...
Deck the Halls
Why not buy some tree decorations this year that help tell the story of Christmas, and give them to a friend, perhaps someone that you have already been praying for....
Stop! Coffee time
As you are shopping, working your way through the Christmas gift list, take a break and grab yourself a coffee. While you are there why not offer to buy the person behind you in the que...
Leave traces of grace
At this time of year, many of the shop assistants can find their jobs busy and stressful. While you are shopping, could you pause between shops and say a prayer for those who are weary....
Make time to say thank you
Think about someone you see everyday, perhaps they serve you on your way to work. Could you buy them a small gift and a card to say thank you for their help during the year....
Christmas The Story
We take our children to see Santa year after year. We love going. It’s become a tradition. So why not the Christmas story as well? 'Christmas the Story' seeks to bring the nativit...
Christmas Tree Festival and Ice rink
St Wulfram's Parish Church in Grantham ran their first ever Christmas Tree Festival in 24th - 29th November 2015. A community celebration with Christmas Trees from local community, sch...
The Christmas Poem - Pass it on.
Share the Christmas message, in poetry form, from the Bible Society.The Bible Society has developed this visual retelling of the Christmas story using their latest Christmas booklet, wr...
Bringing light on Black Friday
We bought 7 lightbulbs from a local shop. Pete, a volunteer from the light project, and I, wrote simple messages about light in darkness on the boxes and then took to the streets of Pet...
Give the story of Christmas away
Christmas is a great time of year to give away booklets explaining the nativity. I order mine from 'Bridge builders' and 'Lifewords'. You could organise a free film night at your local ...
Hide baby Jesus around your community
Paint oval shaped pebbles to look like a baby sleeping and lay each of them on a bed of straw. Display them in different places around your community. You could place them on doorsteps ...
Visit each of the pubs, in Nativity fancy dress
You could visit all of the pubs in your town, even the dodgy ones, dressed as a character from the Nativity. I usually carry gifts with me and combine it with some of my other ideas (se...
Dress up like an idiot - for Christmas
You could enjoy yourselves, dressing up to share the news of Jesus. Here are a few ideas: A live nativity complete with donkey brings the old story to people's attention. Children love ...
Jesus God's Gift at Christmas
Popular author and speaker, Adrian Plass, has written this special booklet that will amuse as well as give pause for thought during the annual gift buying frenzy of Christmas....
Christmas Lantern Parade
We ran a lantern-making workshop during the afternoon, aimed at families, followed by a candle-lit lantern parade around the area telling the Christmas story. It involved the group walk...
We set up a decorated Christmas tree in the centre of our neighbourhood and invited people to come sing carols and hear the story of Christmas around it. We also gave out mince pies and...
Gingerbread house party
This idea comes from Evangelism Consultant Belinda Lakelin, who works for the Baptist Association of NSW and ACT in Australia. Here is what Belinda has to say about the event she ran: A...
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A social event, a gathering of friends or an event run by a group of Christians to which their friends are invited. The only spiritual conversations that take place, are the unplanned ones as people get to know one another.
An activity that intentionally supports people in the local community. For example: door-to-door evangelism, a Toddler group where Christians intentionally mingle and make friends with those attending, or a Foodbank drop in session. Spiritual conversations may develop as connections are made and people are served.
An event in a relaxed setting with intentional spiritual conversation. For example: a social event, such as a meal with a Christian after dinner speaker, sharing the gospel or a personal story with others, or exploring the Christian faith with a local school.
An evangelistic course run over several weeks to which friends are invited. There is an element of presentation and discussion.
A church service, including seeker friendly and invitational services such as ‘The Big Welcome’ or ‘Back to Church Sunday’.
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