Christmas Resources 2020
2020 has been a turbulent year for our world. For many people, their view of the world and the certainties that they thought they enjoyed have been upended. It is a troubling and unsettling time for many people.
In this context, our Christmas video resource features the hope and inspiration that a new child brings – and following on from that focuses on the birth of Jesus and the significance of this earth-changing event for us as people. This Christmas is a time when we as churches can point people towards the peace that can be found through being reconciled with God, and hope and confidence for the future no matter what.
Here are some ways in which you can use this resource:
The video below can be downloaded from our Vimeo site.
Download our accompanying Sermon Guides below:
Alternatively, you can use this video sermon based on the video delivered by Ainsley Freeman:
You can also use this captioned version:
Christmas Card Invitations for 2020
Our 2020 design is taken from our accompanying video.
Our Christmas resources are free to download. You can download them and edit for your own purposes. Apart from our new design our previous designs are also available for download. These resources are designed to accompany rather than replace the most effective form of invitation: a warm personal invitation. Feel free to edit them to your liking.
The files are print-ready .pdf and can be edited in the editable box to add church information, or further edited in Adobe Illustrator/In Design. Churches than can edit the files themselves and use their chosen printing solution. Local is usually best, but cheaper prices can be found online with options like Vistaprint.
Christmas Resources 2019
There are two key seasons when people who don’t normally have anything to do with faith or church lower their usual defenses to engage: Easter and Christmas. (more…)
The Summer Edition (#62) of PRAC is hitting the streets. In this edition of PRAC there are two dominant and overlapping themes. One is Christmas and the opportunity we have to claim it back as a Christian festival and a platform for the presentation of the gospel. The other theme is around doing things as a church for the enjoyment of our local community. There is such a thing as “presence evangelism” whereby a Christian community seeks to represent itself before its neighborhood in a positive light. It’s a subtle and less overt form of evangelism, but helpful in altering people’s perception of the church. Those who drive past our churches have many perceptions of what goes on inside them (if they notice us at all!) and often imagination fills in the blanks. By contrast, when churches do things for the good or pleasure of their wider community negative paradigms are broken down. Churches have moved beyond a “bums on seats” approach to evaluating their effectiveness and, when it comes to planning for healthy and highly missional churches, Australians have a gift that the church worldwide is envious of. Read it online here or download it to share here.
Christmas lights are big in Australia. Every Christmas hordes of Australians go in search of the best light displays, and increasingly they end up at a church. Churches are starting to invest large amounts of time and money into impressive light displays along with creative ways to connect and interact with the people who come to see the lights. Is it all worth the effort and money that is involved? Crossover has gone in search of some churches who clearly think it is. In the first of our series we talk to Stafford Heights Baptist Church who are in their 8th year of putting up the lights. (more…)
Christmas is almost upon us. The coloured lights are going up, the family gatherings are being planned, and the letterboxes are filling up with junk mail enticing us to overcrowded malls. Christmas is a wonderful Christian festival and most churches ramp-up for its celebration. It’s a great opportunity to be present in the community and declare the real reason for the season. But for many people in our neighbourhoods, Christmas this year will be tough. For these people, there is no joyful anticipation, only dread and sadness. It won’t be the whole family this year. Someone is missing. (more…)
Every church wants to be a light in its community and, at Christmas time, the people of Maroochy Baptist Church do this in a very special way. PRAC caught up with Senior Pastor Phil Greenbury to find out all about their Christmas Lights. (more…)