Christmas

Old and new . . .

OLD
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“Away In A Manger” with the nativity scene.

NEW
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WGOD TV station
featuring a live report of shepherds
(with real sheep bleating in the background)
and an interview featuring Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus,
from the manger in Bethlehem

Does your church still have a Sunday School Pageant?

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8 thoughts on “Old and new . . .

  1. Ah see… I didn’t know. 🙂 A video, done by the kids in the church…see now…that’s family. 🙂 that’s the church getting together to celebrate Christmas…even if done a bit differently 🙂 That I think even I could sell at my church! 🙂 Very traditional…but when it comes to family… a lot more open than many would give credit. 🙂 I think blended services CAN work…BUT it takes a lot of concentrated effort on the part of the leadership AND good will on the part of the congregation. If you have both then things can go really well. I have seen it too often go one way or the other (only giving lip service to the opposite side) so when it works…it really does work.

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  2. Ladysown – old and new ways are always a big discussion at our church! It was actually the teen Sunday School kids in the video – they wrote the script, acted the parts and videotaped it themselves. We really try to blend the old and new as much as we can without changing the message of the gospel. Our Christmas Eve service will be mainly traditional carols and readings – although the service will begin with the lights off in the church – a little 8 yr old girl will hold a candle and sing "Light of the world, You stepped down into darkness – then the worship team will join in on the chorus and then the choir will join in, all of them lighting candles from that one candle as we sing "Here I am to worship".There are many who say that you can’t really succeed with a blended service – because you end up pleasing no one – but we try anyway. Our church is a community church – with many families who have 3 or even 4 generations who attend. We want to honour and respect the old, as well as welcome the new – giving the younger ones room to express their faith in different ways. It has been working well although, at times, there have been struggles. It helps that so many people are related – it’s hard to complain too loudly when it is your grandson up there on the bass or your granddaughter on the dance team. We try hard to be sensitive to all age groups but the main thing we want to remember is to keep the Lord central – not new things or traditions – Him. That focus helps us navigate through many a sensitive situation.

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  3. I don’t know. I don’t think I’d like the whole video thing. When I think of Christmas programs I think of the delight of the whole congregation getting together and celebrating using their skills and talents and having the young folk involved in ways that make sense for them and the whole shebang. 🙂 I just love the whole togetherness of the church body. Though I must admit…I don’t love the whole organizing of it all…drives me nuts sometimes…but the end result…I would not want to give that up at all.

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  4. Ah see… I didn’t know. 🙂 A video, done by the kids in the church…see now…that’s family. 🙂 that’s the church getting together to celebrate Christmas…even if done a bit differently 🙂 That I think even I could sell at my church! 🙂 Very traditional…but when it comes to family… a lot more open than many would give credit. 🙂 I think blended services CAN work…BUT it takes a lot of concentrated effort on the part of the leadership AND good will on the part of the congregation. If you have both then things can go really well. I have seen it too often go one way or the other (only giving lip service to the opposite side) so when it works…it really does work.

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