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!
Forward Movement offers resources for the 2016 season of Advent: books for individuals and families for daily devotion and preparation.
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.
Writing 3-sentence stories offers a new perspective for Christian formation. All ages can participate, in Sunday schools, youth groups, or families.
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.
Five ways your family can use your nativity creche to incorporate a deeper understanding of the Christmas season.
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.
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.
Plastic sign holders are a flexible and inexpensive way to add welcoming signage to your church. For example, at Christmas and other events.
Baking cookies offers an important component to bake sales, caroling, and gifts: cooperation, concentration...and sugar! Making cookies from scratch is not much more complicated than ripping open a box or slicing cookies from a tube. However, it is infinitely more satisfying, and teaches young people important kitchen skills.
We've chosen twelve books that use text and image to capture the imagination of the very young and those who read to them! Some of these books use Scripture, some tell the…
We begin the season of Advent on November 30th this year. The first Sunday of Advent is also the first Sunday of a new church year. It marks the end of the old church year and the beginning of the new. The last day of Advent is always December 24th. The word advent comes from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival.” In Advent we are waiting for the coming of the birth of Christ. In our own lives, Advent can be a special time of learning to wait, slowing down, and preparing for the birth of Christ.