Holiday Focus

When people think of Christmas, their thoughts often go toward home and family. In planning our church’s Christmas calendar, we wanted to incorporate the family atmosphere. We challenged our families to get involved in ministering through our Christmas singspiration. The response was wonderful! Volunteers offered to provide Christmas readings; instrumental music; and vocal solos, duets, and small groups. Others would play the piano, guitar, dulcimer, flute, and clarinet. As volunteers told me what they were planning, I grouped songs and readings about angels, the star, the nativity, and traditions (the candy cane) by theme. My aim was to arrange a reading, special music, and a congregational carol for each theme. We printed flyers and encouraged families to use them to invite friends and neighbors. Larger flyers were placed in businesses in town. Several visitors attended our service, including the head coach of the high school football team and his wife. We received positive comments; folks from the church and the community said it was a meaningful way to put the correct focus back in Christmas. The response was so favorable that it led to another “Family Sing” night at church during the summer!

Bill King, Pastor
Faith Baptist Church
Park Falls, Wisconsin