Here is my offering of a fun resource for churches as we all strive to do ministry in new ways. I’ve been attending all kinds of (free!) webinars from Practical Resources for Churches and got the idea to do a Zoom Christmas Pageant. They shared this great resource from Building Faith with all the how-to and practical suggestions for pulling it off. What I was struggling to find was a script that seemed like it would work for Zoom. So I decided to write one specially made for the platform! One of the great Zoom features we can utilize is their halo filter that places a halo over your head that moves with you! With that in mind, I wrote O Zoom, All Ye Faithful, a Christmas pageant that imagines a meeting of angels planning the birth of Jesus. Download the PDF script here:
You can find the halo filter by hovering over the bottom of your Zoom screen, hovering over the Stop Video button, clicking the small Up arrow, and selecting Choose Video Filter.
This is also the place to set your Virtual Background. You can upload any image to use as a background so I recommend finding some heavenly looking backgrounds and send them to your cast for them to use as their backgrounds.
If you plan on using this script I’d love to know! Comment or send me a message so I can check it out once you record it!
I hope we all can enjoy a different kind of Advent and Christmas this year. I’ll continue to share more useful resources so be sure to subscribe and follow Get Lit Worship Resources on Facebook!
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!
It’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!
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.
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!