Christmas affords us with one of the most opportune times for Evangelism. Advent and Christmas, even in a church that is in maintenance or decline, is often the most dynamic time in the church’s life. Think for a moment about all that goes into the Advent and Christmas season. It has so much to offer to members of a congregation and the larger community.
Each year choirs throughout the world prepare special music for the season. Our Children’s, Bell and Sanctuary choirs all work very hard to prepare rousing musical offerings. Not only do they work hard on these offerings, but normally they are pieces of music that even a non-believer has had some experience with. This provides a welcome opening for guests to feel more comfortable. Our cantata will be held on December 19th during our 11:00 a.m. service. It promises to be a great time of music and the Word which incorporates many familiar tunes. We also hold special events during Advent and Christmas time. Our congregation will be holding a Movie Night and Carol Sing-A-Long, aimed at connecting with our Preschool families ,as well as the other families that live in the surrounding area.
Our Movie Night and Carol Sing-A-Long will be held on Saturday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. This event is an opportunity for those who are not part of our church community to experience a hopeful message of Christmas while being welcomed with the radical hospitality of our congregation. The movie, St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving, is more than just a cute Christmas cartoon, it shares a Christian message about the power of a simple gift.
In an attempt to expand our intentional evangelism we are also going to be holding a caroling event in the Greenbrier neighborhood. This will be a fun and low key way to share the joy of Christmas while inviting our neighbors to be our guest in worship. We won’t be the door knockers that many of us fear is the natural byproduct of evangelistic efforts. Instead we will be our normal, cheerful selves. If you would like to join us, please meet at the Greenbrier East Elementary School parking lot at 4:30 p.m.
The best and most fertile ground for Christmas evangelism is in our lives as individuals. Each of us has a very special opportunity to invite our friends and neighbors to Christ Presbyterian’s Advent and Christmas activities. We all have people in our lives that either don’t have a church home or who haven’t heard the transformative message of Christ at all. What better time to invite them than Christmas? Included in the Tuesday Tidbits is a simple flyer you can print out and give to them. We will also have postcards available for you to send to them. For the simple cost of a stamp you may open their lives up to the joy of Christ Advent.