Christmas Eve Service Ideas
Hey, it’s only the one worship service most people attend each year. We are sure you are not feeling any pressure to provide a Christmas Eve worship experience that inspires. We have searched the web and offer these great Christmas Eve traditions and service ideas so you don’t have to.
Christmas Eve worship services have been a long-standing tradition in the Christian church, with a history dating back centuries. The roots of this tradition can be traced back to the early Christian church, which celebrated the birth of Christ with a special service on December 25th. However, over time, this celebration began to shift to the evening of December 24th, known as Christmas Eve.
One of the earliest recorded instances of a Christmas Eve service took place in Rome in the year 336 AD. This service, known as “Christ’s Mass,” was held on the evening of December 24th and included a sermon, prayers, and the celebration of communion. As the Christian church grew and spread throughout the world, the tradition of Christmas Eve services evolved and adapted to the local customs and cultures. Today, many of the traditions associated with Christmas Eve services, such as candle lighting, carol singing, and the reading of the Christmas story, have been passed down through generations and are an integral part of the holiday season for many families.
How can we attract faith seekers for Christmas Eve church service?
It is good to remember that many of the people attending your Christmas Eve service are not regular attenders. Still, for many, attending church is one of their Christmas Eve traditions. Some of them may even feel a little guilt about their absence for the church.
Pro Tip: Don’t be “that” person who comments on how long it’s been since someone has stepped foot in your building. It’s not a good look.
Traditions are a great way to help these people feel at ease and welcome. They are touchstones of familiarity. Use them as a way of creating a safe, welcoming space for everyone.
Some quick suggestions to make your Christmas Eve services special:
- Sing carols. For many of us (most of us) Christmas hymns and carols carry memories with them. The key is finding the right balance with carols. Too many carols can become tiresome for many people. Take the opportunity to mix-and-match. People enjoy singing the classics, but you can also use this as a time to introduce people to newer or lesser-known carols, too. By the way, we’ve compiled a list of myths about Christmas carols and copyright you might want to check out.
- Advent wreaths. Just like Christmas music, an Advent wreath is a tradition that most have memories of. Need ideas for readings for your Advent candle lighting? Look here.
- Speaking of candlelight, light some candles. The visual experience can be powerful. Let’s be honest. This is something many of us look forward to doing all year long. Many churches sing “Silent Night” as everyone in the room lights a candle. Transitioning to a capella as the final candles are lit can be one of those “wow” moments people will talk about on Christmas Day,