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.
Once upon a time. In a simpler pre-covid age, Sofa wrote a little thing about Alternative Christmas Service Ideas, and as a post. Its fine. You can argue some of it could be adjusted for a socially distanced church service, but… some of them might take work.
With that in mind, may I present* the Church Sofa…
Alternative – Socially Distanced – Christmas Service Ideas…
Ok. Lets face it. Inviting a group of people anywhere may not be the best the thing to do right now. So – lets bring it to the people. Find a heavily pregnant lady and ask her to walk around the local streets. Knocking on peoples door, asking if theres any room in the inn.
Add a hassled husband into the mix.
Have a live donkey with them as well. Don’t forget to walk the long donkey up to the house whilst they are being asked if there is any room. Bonus points if the donkey leaves any “bonus” gifts on the door step. It will add to the atmosphere.
Have a socially distanced choir follow the couple and donkey.
Livestream a Christmas reading. Just outside the open window to a labour ward. See if any “bonus sounds” get picked up.
Live stream a reading of the shepherds, in the light of a camp fire. Possibly on the church carpert. Granted someone on the PCC / a Deacon / Church Wardens, may come after you, but the young people will love it. Besides. It might be a while until anyone notices.
Do you normally have a midnight service? Try and have drop a little bottle of port around everyones houses. See if anyone has it by the time the service starts.
Is there anyone pregnant in your church? Get them to change their Facebook name to “Mary”, then a few days before encourage her say she has to go on a journey… and the travel arrangements aren’t great.