Planning Christmas

November 19, 2009

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Shawn Wood, experience pastor at Seacoast, is spearheading a collaborative planning process for worship gatherings for the upcoming Christmas season.
Individuals all over the internet are sharing their ideas by hashtagging (what is a hashtag?) their tweets with #planningchristmas.

All the tweets are then collected at Twubs for everyone to see.

Today, Shawn did a webcast with a couple individuals from the creative church industry. It lasted a little over an hour. I was able to watch and take notes.

Pace Hartfield – Fellowship Church
Carlow Whittaker – Creative Guru

Marketing Ideas
Make it easy for people to invite others face to face.
Guerilla marketing. Do E-Invites.
Sometimes the most effective is a creative business card.
Candy Cane holder, invite cards for their people to pass out person to person.(Pace @ Fellowship Church)
Have all your Children’s Leaders/Greeters wear cheap santa hats the week before to set the tone for Christmas.

Environment
Your message starts in the parking lot.

  • Carolers in the parking lot (use students)
  • Pass out Hot Chocolate/Hot Cider in parking lot
  • Christmas music live/recorded thru out facility

Creative Elements
Have people vote on past Christmas Elements they would like to see all combined in one service.
Joy to The World/Salvation is Here mash-up. The last verse of Joy To The World will flow right into Salvation is Here to give it a traditional and new feel. I’ve got a copy of this, if you want it. (Los)
Upside Down video from Fellowship Church.
Lifechurch.Tv’s Little Drummer Boy
Christmas 2009 series is “The Best Things In Life Are Free”. Concept of the phrase Free 99. (Fellowship Church)
Created a short film,  around a story. Showed half the movie, then pastor spoke a couple minutes, then we showed the second half of the movie. Watch the movie. (Los @ Buckhead.)

Philosophy
Don’t cloud the simple message.
Mix traditional with modern.
Do a simpler service, than you usually do.
Treat Christmas as any other weekend as far as production. Don’t show them something that they won’t see again till next Christmas.
Each year the story is the same, but just different packaging. You can begin to work on the story, before your Pastor knows his direction.

People are going to be coming for the first time. Don’t go over the top, if it’s not who you are as a church.
Use other people’s stuff.
People like nostalgia, a bit of tradition, so we always have at least one traditional element.

One response to Planning Christmas

  1. “Joy to The World/Salvation is Here mash-up. The last verse of Joy To The World will flow right into Salvation is Here to give it a traditional and new feel. I’ve got a copy of this, if you want it. (Los)”

    Could this version be forwarded to me? That would be awesome!!