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Here are some ideas for a Christmas Party to share the true and wonderful meaning of Christmas with children, who normally don’t go to church.

Duration: One hour and 15 minutes.

Number of helpers: A teacher and volunteers to help with the snacks, Christmas Treat Bags, games and registration. Around one volunteer per 12 children and if there are younger children maybe even more volunteers.

30 minutes before

Set up the room, prepare snacks and have a time of prayer together as a team. Pray for one another, a great atmosphere at the party, the right children to come and for God to speak to the children through the teaching.

15 minutes

A warm welcome and a Christmas Craft.

It is always important to have a warm welcome, so meet in good time and have everything ready to meet and greet the parents and the children. Send the children to a table with the craft prepared. The craft could be the Christmas finger Puzzle. Please use the following link to find the printable PDF and step-by-step folding instruction:

http://paththroughthenarrowgate.com/christmas-finger-puzzle

Or the Stained-Glass-Nativity. Please use the following link to find the printable PDF and step-by-step instruction: http://www.housingaforest.com/stained-glass-nativity/

40 minutes

Sing Away in a Manager: Sing the first three verses. Write the verses on A3 Card or a Power Point and show it on a screen. For lyrics see below.

Story: The Birth of Christ.

Use lesson 1: “The Birth of Christ” from the Bible lesson serie: A Saviour for you. Find the text by using the following link: http://www.teachkids.eu/pdfs/saviour_for_you.pdf

If you want pictures to show while telling the story please use the following link to purchase them.

http://www.cefireland.com/product/a-saviour-for-you-flcard/

Sing "Away in a Manager": Sing the last three verses.

Prayer: Say a short thank you prayer to God for sending Jesus and for loving us. Pray that God will bless the children and their family this Christmas.

Quiz: At the end of the lesson “the Birth of Christ” you will find 8 review questions (You could maybe add 4-6 questions yourself). Use these questions to do a quiz by dividing the children into two teams. If the children answer correctly they can have a go at the game “Snowman Slam.” Count points to find a winner, please use the following link for how to play the game:

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/12/snowman-slam-game-for-kids.html

10 minutes

Christmas Games. Play some good games with the children and have fun.

Pass the Parcel game is always a big hit. Remember to make enough layers with sweets, chocolates or small gifts in between so that all children have a little something.

Or maybe a candy cane hunt please find more ideas by using the following link:

http://mylifeandkids.com/30-awesome-christmas-games-kids/

5 minutes

Goodbye and see you soon hopefully.

This is your chance to invite the children to a family Christmas service at church or/ and to Kids Club. Tell them and give them all a Christmas treat bag with invites to these things and a little Christmas tract for children like “Meet the King”, see more:

https://www.cefireland.com/product/meet-the-king/

Hope you will have a blessed Christmas Party.

Song:

Away in a manger No crib for His bed The little Lord Jesus Lay down His sweet head

The stars in the sky Look down where He lay The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing The poor Baby wakes But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes

I love Thee, Lord Jesus Look down from the sky And stay by my side 'Til morning is nigh

Be near me, Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever And love me, I pray

Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care And take us to Heaven To live with Thee there