In many Christian schools across America, it’s time to plan the annual Christmas service. For you, that may mean sifting through a multitude of options, none of which are exactly what you’re looking for, or sitting down and spending the time on writing your own script.
Whether you’re planning for preschool, K to 8, or all of them, our friends at CTA have done the hard work for you and put together a service you can make your own, feel good about, and pull together without spending hours and hours on it.
This year their newest service is called One Night in Bethlehem. The title comes from a similarly titled 16-page book for children ages 3 to 8. While Christmas services can be costly and cumbersome, this one is FREE and easy to use. And, unlike free things where “you get what you pay for,” this service package will amaze you.
When you download the packaged zip file, you’ll see these things included:
- Editable Word Docs make it easy to assign parts and change songs
- Elementary and Preschool (fingerplays and motions included) versions give you age-appropriate choices; combine the preschool options into the elementary service if yours will be for all levels
- Original song tells the story of the theme and includes sheet music and audio files
- Children’s PowerPoint of the One Night in Bethlehem story
- Includes helps for planning, costumes, and advertising
A second packaged resource file is filled with printables and other ideas for advertising, along with a brief devotion to use with the children as you begin rehearsals or at a classroom Christmas party.
In addition, you are welcome to use the Read-Along Video in your classroom and worship services. You might even send home the children’s book and share the link with families to watch at home.
Through all the planning and preparing, as well as during the service itself, prioritize the children and families. Remember that the purpose behind this service is to share the good news of a Savior, who came to rescue us because of His great love for us all.