Christmas 2020. The chances are Christmas is going to look different for you. You may be spending a lot of Christmas online with people? You might be spending Christmas with different people.
You may be spending Christmas with the same people you normally do.
Either way, Christmas seems to be a time when people talk a bit more than they normally do, and you may not be talking with people that agree with you. You may end up with people who vote Donald Trump, when you vote correctly Biden, or you may find yourself sharing a Turkey with people who voted remain, when you like the idea of Brexit.
Basically… you might find yourself with people you totally disagree with…
So here are a few safe Christian conversation starters that might help over Christmas…
Santa. Best in Green or Red?
What would Jesus build?
Lets open some windows?
How silence can help us connect with the world within us.
Its a bit different this year isn’t it…
Favourite books of the year.
The joy of mince pies
Rob Bell or John Piper?
Coke or Pepsi?
At what point should there be a new church set up for the new “car parks” in Kent?
If Santa and Jesus shared a drink, what would they order?
Rules of PCC top trumps.
Most acceptable online sermon length.
If I had a Bible verse on my mask, what should it be?
It’s Christmas time, and let’s face it. Online or not online there are many many sermons out there to be be given. And in some cases, there are Christmas sermons still to be written. If you are looking for Christmas sermon inspiration, here are our list of Alternative Christmas Talks that SOMEONE needs to give…
Mary, Joseph and Family Bubbles.
The Shepherds and Social Distancing.
The Angels. Why they sang facing away form each other.
Worship without singing: The Stable Boy.
Safer outside. The nativity as a Covid safe model.
Masks: Lets embrace wearing real ones in church.
Are we socially distanced from Jesus?
Trust: King Herod, Boris, and Jesus.
Would Angels wear masks?
Don’t be afraid. I bring good news: Vaccines, hope, Jesus.
Its Christmas! (I’m allowed to say that now right?)
Its 2020. Its been a weird year, and lets face it. This Christmas is going to be a little different to the normal. (Sorry – we’re probably gonna get a bit bored of saying “its all a bit different this year”)
As part of this “little different” Christmas, along with everything else, Christmas Carol services are going online.
So. What do you do at home to replicate that Christmas Carol Service feel?
Here are a few ideas…
Probably some sort of internet connection – or phone line.
Turn off the lights.
A Nativity dress up costume, or Santa.
Have access to Youtube, Facebook, or something to watch the church carol service online.
Get Candles lit
Get more Candles lit
Mulled Wine. No, more than that.
Have some sort of advent crown thing. Possibly with candles. Possibly with dry plant attached.
Take bets on how long it will be before someone, somewhere has “issues” with the amount of lit candles.
We would normally be entering the world of Christmas Carol Services in Churches around the world right now. While some churches may be hosting “something”, lets face it – the church isn’t going to be packed this year.