‘Tis the season for holiday celebrations. Over the past weeks I have read quite a few blog posts about holiday celebrations. Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. There are as many ideas out there as there are blogs. So I am faced with another big decision–how will our ministry celebrate the upcoming holidays?
I really want to take another direction in how we celebrate these holidays. I just don’t like the idea of marching out the children, singing a few songs while the parents take photos of their kids wearing cute costumes, then marching them out to the kitchen for milk and cookies. Not that I haven’t done this in the past. It’s just time to rethink our traditional celebrations. What should be our real focus? If our focus is on ourselves, we will continue to offer photo opps for the parents to enjoy without impacting anyone. We can tell the children that Christmas is all about giving to others, but how will they really know we are serious if we don’t offer them concrete ways to learn for themselves how it feels to give to others? If our focus is on others, then we will reach out to those in need and show them the love of God.
So, I have set out on a quest to find a way to celebrate the holidays incorporating families and missions. We usually do a mission project at Christmastime anyway, but I would like to see whole families working together to impact our community. (This could still involve singing and cookies and milk!) I am brainstorming ideas with my Pastor this week. If you have something that has worked for you in the past please share it with the rest of us.
What have you done in the past to emphasize the true meaning of the holidays to the kids in your ministry? What are you planning for this year?