Celebrating Christmas Sunday-School Style
There are many ways that a Sunday school class can celebrate Christmas together. Depending on your group's size and age range, you have the freedom to plan and coordinate activities that will be fun and meaningful for everyone.
Times of fellowship and festivities are always favorites. The provide a break from the routine of class meetings and study time, and help members form closer bonds with each other. But don't forget that combining Christmas gatherings with outreach or service opportunities can give your Sunday School ministry the satisfaction of doing good things in Jesus' name. What more appropriate way could there be to honor Christ's birth than to help share the love and hope He brought to earth?
Through our email newsletters we asked readers to share some of the Christmas activities their Sunday School ministries have planned. The responses we received show a good variety of fellowship, worship, service, and outreach. Use these ideas as a guide for your own groups.
"Several from our church are traveling into the Kansas City area to attend the performance of the Living Christmas Tree presented by Pleasant Valley Baptist Church of Liberty, Missouri. Then our Messenger Class (age 65 and above) are joining with the "Prime Timers" group for lunch, caroling, readings and games."
"Our class adopted a local high school student from the school's angel tree, packed Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, is going caroling to elderly, shut-ins, and widows on Dec. 20, and our class Christmas party is Sat. Dec. 6, at a member's home.
Michael D. Stover
Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church
"My class of women 60's-80's has astounded me with their outpouring of love in the form of several Christmas projects. Several years ago we began knitting and crocheting prayer shawls for people on our prayer list. For this Christmas season we took a break from shawls and made scarves to go with coats the church will give to 120 children for Christmas.
"We adopted a family with two young children for the Christmas season. We bought and wrapped gifts for the children and one for Mom, and purchased a grocery store gift card.
"This week we are gathering at a local restaurant for our Christmas party. In lieu of a gift exchange, we are bringing cans of beef stew or jars of peanut butter for the church's ministry to needy families in Northern Kentucky.
"This class blesses my socks off in so many ways. They are sharing Christ in a very demonstrative fashion. Pretty awesome for a group of women, about half of whom are widows on fixed incomes!"
Florence Baptist Church
"I have three substitute teachers in our adult, co-ed, co-generational class. The Sunday before Christmas, it has been our tradition that each teacher lead a portion of the class for no more than five minutes. I, as teacher, will introduce and conclude the lesson.
"Then we celebrate His birth with singing Happy Birthday Jesus, a prayer of thanksgiving and celebration, and then we cut his birthday cake. We then enjoy His celebration with fellowship, coffee, and punch."
First Baptist Church
Hendersonville, North Carolina
"Our Sunday School Class is the Lightbearer's Class at First Baptist Church Madisonville, Texas. Our teacher is Pat Harper.
"Last January we began our $1 Christmas Fund. The second Sunday of each month, each member would give $1 to the Christmas Fund. The idea is that giving $1 a month did not seem to be as difficult as coming up with an extra $10-$20 right at Christmas time.
"So, we began gathering and by December 1 we had $218 to use to help a needy family in our community. We had also used $50 of our donations to help a family in need during the summer. The ladies in our class have already been asking if we are going to start over again in January. We sure will!"
"Our Sunday School classes raise money for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering at their parties. One class had a gift auction and raised over $1,600 in one night. Their goal for the offering was $1,500."
Minister of Education
First Baptist Church of Burkburnett, Texas
Our ladies' class is providing gift bags for the women at a rehab center for drug and alcohol abuse. It is our understanding that some of the women come to the rehab center with nothing more than the clothes they're wearing. (Some come from jail, etc.) These women begin to feel better about themselves in the recovery process, and appreciate items we often take for granted. The festive bags are filled with combs and brushes; fingernail polish and remover; nail kits, hand crèmes, hair clips, make up, journal and pens. Cards are also added to let them know that Jesus loves them and that we care for them and are praying for them.
Our class also enjoyed participating in preparing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, which is a church-wide project. We kicked off the Christmas season with a great evening of food, fun and fellowship at a local restaurant.
Woodmont Baptist Church
We hope these Christmas ideas have encouraged you to share the joy of Christmas time with your Sunday School family. Thanks for all you do to help people know Jesus and His Word.