Sunday School Christmas Program Ideas

Church Christmas Program Mary and Jesus
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Developing Sunday school Christmas program ideas is one of the most exciting tasks for Sunday school teachers. For children, the Christmas program is often one of the best parts of the Sunday school year. Preparing for the birth of a new baby is something that interests many children. If they have younger brothers or sisters or have friends with young siblings, they can relate to the story very well. Wondering whether Mary and Joseph will be able to find somewhere to stay in Bethlehem, what the angels have to tell the shepherds and what gifts the three kings will bring adds additional excitement to the story. The familiar animals such as the donkey that carried Mary and the sheep that came with the shepherds to visit Jesus also make the story more familiar. This article describes a few ideas that you could use or develop in your own Sunday school Christmas program.

It is important to plan your Sunday school Christmas program ideas carefully. Think about how much time you and other Sunday school teachers can commit to the program and what your financial resources are. Consider how much time you have and whether the children and teenagers will have enough patience to work through everything. The run up to Christmas is busy and exciting, but also quite stressful for many children and their parents.

One important point to think about is whether all of the children will attend all of the sessions in your program. For example, if December 23 or 24 is a Sunday, some families may have already gone to visit out of town family on the last day of your program. This can lead to a lot of disappointment if they have to miss a performance or cannot play a vital role that they have rehearsed.

The way you develop and carry out your Sunday school Christmas program will depend on the resources that you have and the ages of the children with whom you are working. Sometimes it can be difficult to devise a program that will appeal to all of the children in mixed age Sunday school group. However, this can be less of a problem with a Christmas program. One of the beautiful aspects of the story of Christmas is that it can be understood at many levels. Preschool children just delight in the story and teenagers and young adults can think more deeply about how the events around Jesus' birth can lead them in their lives. Similarly, in many Christmas programs, there are both simple and more complicated roles to play. Choosing a Christmas program that can draw on the skills and interests of many age groups in your Sunday school can help your community to become closer.

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