The Great Bethlehem Bake-Off Pageant

I think I’m most excited about this component of our Bethlehem House of Bread Advent Worship Series. While this children’s Christmas pageant compliments our theme for Advent this year, I think it would work wonderfully with any Advent theme. Check out this fun and simple Christmas pageant I wrote and feel free to adapt as needed for your setting (you can easily make it longer by adding some carols interspersed throughout). I’d love to know if you do this pageant and see a recording of your version! I’ll share the recording of ours which will be preformed on Advent 4!

Click here to download: The Great Bethlehem Bake-Off Christmas Pageant Skit

Check out my other Advent resources here:
Hanging of the Greens Worship service
All Earth Is Waiting Advent Series
Fear Not Advent Series
The Gift of Yes Advent Series
Advent Wreath liturgy options
Bethlehem Advent Bible Study

Have fun and happy planning!

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Kid Friendly Christmas Eve

istockphoto-1035011946-612x612It’s become common for churches to provide an earlier, kid-friendly Christmas Eve worship service. This year we’re doing our kid-friendly service at 4pm and I was excited to find a wonderful script that tells the Christmas story from the perspective of Michael the mouse. I’ve adapted this script from Cloth for the Cradle: Worship resources and readings for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany, from the Wild Goose Worship Group. My adapted script only requires one reader but allows for audience participation! Check out this delightful story as well as my full order of worship for inspiration. Click the links below to view the files.

Michael Mouse from Cloth for the Cradle – Christmas Eve interactive reading
An Order of Worship for Family Friendly Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas & Happy Planning!

Real Life Faith Testimonials

During the season of Lent, it’s become tradition at our church to share our testimonies in worship. Sharing our stories is the most powerful thing we can do and Lent is a perfect time to include them in worship! I ask different people to prepare their testimony and have them engage with a symbolic act that connects with our theme.

This year, our theme is Real Life Faith, so I’m having each person who shares drop a piece of broken ceramic ware into a garbage can that will be at the base of our large cross. When it drops it will hopefully break even more. Each week the broken pieces will pile up and then after Palm Sunday, an artist in our congregation will take the pieces and create a mosaic design on a flower pot. mosaic planter

On Easter morning, the flower pot will be displayed with an Easter Lily inside symbolizing how God brings new life from our brokenness.

I’m giving each of our speakers the following prompt to help them think about a story they can share that will connect to our theme:

Good morning, I’m _______________________
During this season of Lent, we are getting real about faith. For me, faith… 
(or my relationship with God… continue with a story about a faith struggle or a time when you didn’t get it right but found grace or a second chance.)

Conclude with: “Join me this Lent in giving up shame and guilt. [drop dish into can] Allow God’s grace to fill in your cracks and restore the brokenness of your soul.”
I hope this will inspire you to encourage faith sharing in your congregation!
Happy almost Lent and happy planning!