No.. I'm talking about Christmas programs to present to a large group or audience, whether it's a Christmas family service, Christmas kidmin party or perhaps as part of your church's carols night.
And I'm not talking about a concert, either. There are, in fact, a lot of choices for something of this nature. See somehere.
No.. I mean the type of creative program or event that doesn't involved a huge amount of time and preparation; it doesn't mean spending weeks rehearsing when the kids should instead be learning about Jesus in their regular programs; it doesn't mean waylaying unsuspecting people and frantically and dramatically trying to inspire their involvement.
Do you think I'm asking for the impossible? (Sigh!) Maybe.
Well... I've come up with 3 programs that I think have possibilities. And please... let me know if you've found anything else that seems worthwhile.
Now, I have to admit that a big plus for this one is that it's FREE! But there are other positives, too. Presented in four scenes
First, there are four scenes. That means you can break it up a bit- add some movie clips, items, audience interactions, whatever. It also means that, if you like, you could present this over four weeks as a lead-up to Christmas. I think it could be quite effective and also reduce the pressure on your volunteers.
Does it sound a little familiar?
This program makes use of the tremendous appeal of the recent Frozen movie and the scenes and dialogue highlight this. It adds a ready humour to the program and immediately connects with the audience. In essence.. the script is funny. You'll love it.
Small number of volunteers needed
There are only four people required to present Unfrozen. The stage design is quite simple, though you could add to it and make it as elaborate as you like. Also... the speaking parts are not difficult. In fact, two of the parts can just be read aloud.
It's sounding better and better, isn't it? Yes, I must admit that I'm seriously considering using this program. It definitely has possibilities. You'll also be pleased to know that there is an accompanying teaching program that you can purchase and use with your kidmin groups for the Christmas period. Check it out... from Childrens Ministry Deals.
We all know when Christmas is. We all know our kidmins will be involved in some sort of Christmas program. And... we also know we have little time and resources to prepare a special event. So... how about an easy, not-much-extra-work type of Christmas event?
From rehearsal to presentation all in one night
Well, that's what this program portends - an amazing and easy event that can be rehearsed and presented all in one night.
There are four scenes filled with drama, humour, music and a message that will place Jesus as the real star of the Christmas season.
* assistant director guides with family devotions
* music CDs- one for each scene cast
* posters and other promotional media
*comic book that retells the story
* CD with all needed resources for the event and to encourage church attendance afterwards.
Other resources can be purchased for kids and families create and to help with the presentation.
This program, again from Group, sounds similar to a program we used a couple of years ago- One Starry Night. We presented it as a family event and the conclusion to our weekly kids club program. You can read a small recap of the eventhere. It was very well received and if The Miracle of Jesus is similar, it's the type of program that would also work well as the lead-in to a church carol night.
Families will see, hear, taste, touch, and smell the Bible-times town of Bethlehem. Through hands-on activities, games, stories, and more, they’ll experience firsthand the amazing impact of the miracles of Jesus’ birth—and life. (Group)
As families arrive, they're given a map to follow that leads them around various stations where they experience Bethlehem- the stable, the bakery, spice shop. They'll sample something of what's presented at each station or sometimes create a take-home item.
* director's manual
* media pack with music CD and publicity and resources CD-rom
* samples of marketplace crafts and extras.
Catch a glimpse of what's involved.
Take a look at the small clip we made of the One Starry Night event for some idea of this type of program.
It was a lot of fun and we involved a lot of other church family member that aren't normally a part of our kidmin.
If you begin now, most of your planning can be in place and you can look forward to Christmas with real excitement and remember this year 2014 as season full of overflowing joy and peace.