What does Christmas Eve look like in the home? Simple rituals like creche blessings, songs, and Bible stories draw our attention to Christ's birth.
Celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah brings families together to share faith, tradition, food, and light. Links to recipes and books.
A Christmas pageant survival checklist ensures the simplest of children's pageants run more smoothly. A gift during this hectic, if joyful, time of year!
We wanted to share with you a 2014 Building Faith article by Matthew Kozlowski. The topic is online sources for Christmas cards, especially cards with a religious/Christian message.
Books for adults and children help us prepare for Advent and Christmas, at home and in worship.
With a multitude of options, you are sure to find something for individuals, households, or congregations. Here's to Advent and Christmas 2016.
Forward Movement offers resources for the 2016 season of Advent: books for individuals and families for daily devotion and preparation.
Scripture-based Christmas pageants allow children to embody the nativity story, assimilating and owning Scripture in ever deepening ways.
The small gifts of church and family last for decades in the bright Christmas Eve smell of oranges.
A church revamps its annual Christmas caroling event to reach young families, and to sing at group-homes and nursing homes. Party includes crafts and dinner.
Incarcerated parents and their children receive the joy of giving and receiving gifts through this Diocese of New Hampshire program.
With Christmas around the corner, Kate Siberine reviews three children's books for Christmas. These are sure to be favorites for any child in your life.
A Blue Christmas service may be offered by churches for those who may be mourning or feeling loss at this time of year. Celebrating Christ, and inviting sadness.
By incorporating these traditions and rituals, you can lead your household to center of Christmas Eve: welcoming Jesus Christ as savior.
A Christmas tree blessing for your family to use as you decorate.
Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas, from your friends at Building Faith! “Was there a moment, known only to God, when all the stars held their breath,
This video is the story of Christmas as told by the children of St Paul's Church, Auckland, New Zealand. While the movie is a few years old now (made in 2010), it is a fresh and powerful as ever. Watch, enjoy, share, and let the joy of Christ's birth fill your heart.
The Festival of Lessons and Carols, like the best holiday traditions, is always the same, yet always new. Plan yours with care; enjoy it with delight! Why…
I think our pageant captures some of the complication of the trip to Bethlehem. The Holy Family were compelled by law to travel, despite Mary’s pregnancy. They found a place to sleep that was most likely even more uncomfortable than a fold-out-sofa in a cramped guest room. It was inconvenient, uncomfortable, and travel was probably the last thing they felt like doing. As adults, I know we can relate.
Churches welcome many visitors on Christmas Eve. Here are seven ways to promote your services and make people feel welcome at your church on Christmas Eve.