Outline (Flow of Meeting)
- Welcome - Greeters at door, give out nametags,
have snacks and punch or soft drinks as people come in and Christmas music in the
- Icebreaker Activity
- Emcee - opens up the meeting, welcomes guests
and explains more about the group which is sponsoring the event.
- Special Christmas Song (optional)
- Gospel Presentation
- Comment Cards
- Wrap up - by emcee, more music, fun and
- Caroling (optional)
Ice Breaker Activities
- Guess the Christmas Character
Write names of Christmas characters (i.e. Kris Kringle, The Grinch, Wise Man, etc.) on
masking tape and put them on peoples backs when they come in. They are to ask only
yes or no questions to others at the party in order to figure out who they are. They are
only allowed to ask one question each person at the party (this causes them to have to
mingle and meet others). Goal is to figure out who you are.
- White Elephant Gift Exchange
Everyone brings a "gift" which is really an item you find in your home or garage
that you dont want and that you wrap up as a gift. You put all the gifts in a pile
then people line up. The first person picks a gift and opens it, the next person can
either take the first persons gift or pick a new one. This continues on down the
line until you reach the last person who has the choice of all the gifts or the last gift.
Key: Everyone must bring a gift so you might want to have some extra wrapped gifts on hand
in case someone forgets to bring their gift.
- Christmas Tree Decorating
Everyone is asked to bring an ornament and decorate the Christmas Tree.
- Christmas Cookie Decorating Contest
Have baked cookies available with stuff to decorate them and then judge who has the
"Most Christmassy," "Most Unique," etc.
- Human Christmas Tree
Have competitions between classes where each group is given a bag that contains Christmas
Tree decorations (lights, ornaments, etc.). Each team chooses one person in the group to
be the tree and everyone else decorates him. After 10 minutes a judge or the crowd decides
who has the most creative/best "Christmas tree."
Gospel Presentation Ideas
relationship and one particular gift
Option One: The
Greatest Gift of All
Option Two: Read the
Christmas Story (Luke 2:1-20)
The Greatest Gift of All
Four students volunteer ahead of time. The first student stands up and says: "If I
could give you one gift at Christmas I would give you unconditional love because
" [student states why and sits down].
The second student stands up and says
"If I could give you one gift at Christmas I would give you joy because
The third student stands and repeats "If
I could give you one gift at Christmas I would give you peace because
The fourth student stands up and says:
"If I could give you one gift at Christmas I would give you the gift of a
relationship with Jesus Christ because in Him we receive all these other gifts -
unconditional love, joy and peace."
The first student stands up again and says:
"In Jesus we receive unconditional love because God said that while we were
still sinners, Christ died for us."
The second student stands up and says:
"In Jesus we receive joy because Jesus said that He came that we might have a life
that was meaningful and full of joy."
The third student stands and says: "In
Jesus we receive peace because He said: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give
you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do
not be afraid."
The fourth student explains: "Not only
do we have these gifts, but in Jesus we receive the gift of eternal life for the Bible
says: Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and
Jesus Christ, whom you have sent (John 17:3, NIV). Those who are giving this
party have each found this relationship with God that results in eternal life and we want
to give this to you as a gift this Christmas."
(Go into short gospel presentation)
- Read John 3:16.
Nearly 2000 years ago God gave us the gift of His Son at the very first Christmas. Why
dont people have this gift?
- Read Romans 3:23.
God created us to have fellowship with Him, but we have turned away.
- Read Romans 6:23.
- Read Romans 5:8.
- Jesus died in our place on the cross to pay
the penalty for our sins.
- Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-6.
Jesus rose from the dead proving He could give us eternal life. This is why we celebrate
- Read John 1:12 and Ephesians 2:8,9.
God has given us a precious gift eternal life. That gift comes to us by placing our
faith or trust in Jesus as our Savior and Lord. Just as you have gifts under your tree at
Christmas, there is nothing we can do to earn it. We have a choice whether or not to
receive that gift.
If you would like to receive the gift of
eternal life by asking Jesus to come into your life say something like this to God ;
Remember that this is between you and God. For the sake of those who desire to pray have
everyone bow their heads and pray silently with you:
"Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for
my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for
forgiving me of my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. Take control of my life
and make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen."
Pass out comment cards. (why comment cards)
Option Two: Read
the Christmas Story (Luke 2:1-20)
(After reading the Scripture, briefly explain
the significance of the story.)
Over 700 hundred years before Christs
birth a prophet named Isaiah wrote, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a
sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and will call Him
Emmanuel" (Isaiah 7:14). The word "Immune" means "God with us."
Then, 800 years later this prophecy was
fulfilled when God became a man in Jesus Christ. A later prophet, John wrote, "The
Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have see His glory, the glory of the
One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" ( John 1:14).
So we see that the real meaning of Christmas
is the Birth of Gods only Son, Jesus. But, why did God become a man? John later
writes: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that
whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" ( John 3:16).
God sent "Immune" (God with us)
because He desired to have a personal relationship with us. If that is true, why is it
that we dont experience God in our lives?
According to Romans 3:23, God created us to
have fellowship with Him, but we have turned away from God. Isaiah says this also: "We
all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way" ( Isaiah
As Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of
sin is death" (spiritual separation from God). God provided His Son as a way of
taking away our sin. Isaiah goes on to say in verse 6b: "and the Lord has laid on
Him the iniquity (sin) of us all." (See other verses in Isaiah 53.) Jesus died in
our place on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.
Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-6. Jesus rose from
the dead proving He could give us eternal life. This is why we celebrate another holiday
(Refer back to the Luke passage. )The
shepherds heard the good news about Jesus and searched to find Him. In the same way we can
hear the good news about Christ, but we need to make a decision. The shepherds and
wise-men came and worshipped Gods son. To worship God is to allow Him to come into
our hearts and to make Him our Lord and Savior. To do so will result in "exceeding
This Christmas, why not experience the real
meaning of Christmas? 1 John 1:12 promises us that "As many as received Him, to
them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His
We receive Christ by faith. Read Ephesians
The following is a suggested prayer (use
prayer above to close). Remember that this is between you and God. For the sake of those
who desire to pray have everyone bow their heads and pray silently with you:
"Lord Jesus, I want to know you
personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and
receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving me of my sins and giving me the
gift of eternal life. Take control of my life and make me the kind of person you want me
to be. Amen."
Wrap up with comment cards. (why comment cards)
One particular relationship and one particular gift
Speaker: Banter with students about their families Christmas traditions, fun things
they do, what they eat, how they decorate the tree, etc.
Ive noticed a common thread running through most of your comments about Christmas
traditions: relationships and gifts. Its interesting because these are ideas
Id like to share with you this afternoonone particular relationship and one
How many of you like to receive and give gifts? I do! Lets just take a minute to go
over some of the ingredients of gift giving. First, there must be someone who does the
giving. Second, theres something to be given, And, third, there must be someone to
accept or receive the gift. Now lets look at the characteristics of each:
The giver gives to express love or care. He usually gives with some sacrifice or cost to
himself. Second, the gift is something given for a particular purpose, to fulfill a need.
The gift is free, unearned, undeserved, and unconditional. There are no strings
attachedits just given. Third, the recipient must accept the gift, thus
claiming it as his own possession. [Offer some small gifts to students, reiterating the
idea that a gift must be accepted.]
The particular gift that Id like to talk about today has had your name on it for a
long time2000 years. It was given just for you, because you are greatly loved. That
gift is Jesus Christ. He was sent to earth as a baby, grew to be a man and died on the
cross because God loves you and me. But why did God send this special gift? What was the
purpose of the gift?
In the beginning, God created man and woman to have an intimate, loving relationship with
Him. He created man and woman in His own image and loved them. But as you know, Adam and
Eve disobeyed the one rule that God set downand as a result sin entered the world.
Sin is anything that separates us from God.
Because of their sin, Adam and Eves relationship with God was damaged and broken.
But God never stopped loving them. From that time on, God has longed to restore that
healthy, intimate, loving relationship with manfor us to be reconciled to Him. You
and I are separated and prevented from having that relationship with God because of our
sin. But again, God still loves you and me.
God had a plan to restore us back to relationship with Him. In the Bible we read,
For God so loved the world [you and me] that He gave His only Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
God gave us a gift, His only Son, Jesus Christ, because He loves you and me, and because
He sees our greatest and deepest need: the need to have an intimate, loving relationship
with Him, to be reconciled to Him. [pause]
Lets check what Ive said about the giver and the gift with my earlier comments:
First the giver, God, gave you and me a gift. It was given with the greatest amount of
love and the greatest amount of sacrifice.
Second, the gift, Jesus Christ, has a purpose. That is to restore our broken relationship
with God and assure us of eternal life. He is free. He cannot be earned or deserved, no
matter how many good deeds we may do. And He will never be withheld from us,
no matter how much we may have sinned. He comes with no strings attached.
Third, what about the recipient? Thats you! You can read the Christmas story, sing
the carols, go to church, participate 100% in the religious celebration of Christmas, but
the gift of Jesus Christ will only be yours when and if you accept Him, possess Him and
claim Him as your own Savior. Then, and only then, will you have that personal
relationship with God.
What I discovered is that Christianity is not a religionwhat church you go to, what
prayers you say or which holy days you celebrateChristianity is a personal
relationship between GODJesus Christand you.
This gift has been under your tree every day of your life, waiting to be
opened and accepted. Jesus Christ will wait for you to accept Him. He says: Behold,
I stand at the door and knock: if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in
to him and eat with him and he with Me. Jesus will never force Himself upon you. You
exercise your free will in accepting Him or not.
Let me illustrate with this simple example. I brought a gift with me today. Here it is all
wrapped up. It may look like one you have under your tree. I would like to give it to one
of you. There are no strings attached. All I need is someone here who will accept it.
Would anyone like it? [Someone accepts it.] The gift is now yours. But before it became
yours, what did you have to do? [accept it] My illustration breaks down somewhat since I
dont have enough gifts for everyone. I only brought one. But this does illustrate
what God has done. He has offered us a free gift. All we must do is accept it.
I want to make something else very clear here. The Bible tells us that God will never
force us to receive His gift. The decision is always ours. There is a verse that says,
Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I
will come in . . .
Today Christ is in one of two places: He is either in your heart and life, because at some
time in your life you received His gift of love and forgiveness; or He is at your
hearts door right now. If youve never accepted this gift or arent sure
if you have, I am going to pray in a moment, and Id like you to pray with me in your
Jesus, I thank You that You are Gods gift to me. I want to open my heart and
life to You and accept the gift of eternal life that You so freely give. Thank You so much
for loving me. Amen.
Pass out comment cards. (why comment cards)
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