We are happy to be partnering again with Love Gave this year for a tremendous outreach.
Love Gave is bringing thousands of people together to raise funds, supplies, and awareness for abandoned, abused, and neglected children. The goal of LoveGave Hope is to raise $100,000 to meet the needs of local organizations in Charleston, SC. For 58 straight hours, they’re gonna take over 2 Super Walmart locations broadcasting LIVE at LoveGave.com. All to help provide relief to orphans. For more information, or to get involved, please visit www.lovegave.com.
As you are doing your planning for Christmas this year, we hope you will find the resources here from previous years to be helpful and inspiring. If you have anything about your planning that you’d like to share with the group, please contact us by clicking the “SHARE” button at the top of this page! We’d love to keep the new ideas flowing. Merry Christmas, and may your ministry continue to reflect His light and grace through this holiday season.
We just want to say a special thanks to everyone who contributed, read, tweeted #planningchristmas ideas this year. It was a gift to have so many people participate, and it is our prayer that God will show himself mighty in your services this Christmas and throughout 2012. We’d also like to thank Church Marketing Sucks and Our Shirts Don’t Suck for sponsoring this site and gathering awesome posts. We hope you’ll join us for more #planningchristmas next year!
It’s 12 days til Christmas! Is your church ready?!
Today we hear from Whitney George, the arts director at Church on the Move in Oklahoma, share about how he and his team work their creative process for Christmas planning. Church on the Move does some incredibly unique things to reach people through the Christmas season using music. Their creative process is unique and one we know you and your teams will benefit from hearing.
Whitney George is the arts director for Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK. You can follow him on Twitter at @whitneygeorge.
To check out last year’s Celebrate With Family service, or to watch this year’s (going live on Christmas Eve), visit http://celebratewithfamily.tv
To download tons of free resources for your church and follow along with the COTM staff blog posts on #crtvmin, #kidmin, and #stumin, check out Seeds at http://seeds.churchonthemove.com!
“The great deception of great art is that what appears to be very simple on the surface is not the product of a simple process. It’s the result of difficult decisions.”
We’ve done a lot of talking about church planning for Christmas, and that’s awesome. This morning we have a video on an powerful community outreach program designed to help feed 1000 kids this Christmas. Even better, it’s going on RIGHT now in Charleston, SC and in Madison, MS. Check out the live stream on www.lovegave.com and watch the video below for more information. If you tune in today from 11:00-12:30, you’ll catch Shawn and Laurel from Our Shirts Don’t Suck!
Hey everybody… welcome back to Planning Christmas!
We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday… and anything else that happened between now and the last time we were together.
Tomorrow is December 1, so we’re closing in on the final weeks of planning for Christmas 2012. Don’t stress, though, today we’ve got a triple dose of Planning Christmas goodness for you.
First up, we have Maurilio Amorim. Maurilio is the CEO of The A Group and works with churches around the country on their branding, marketing, and communication. Maurilio shares some interesting thoughts with us today, challenging us to think about planning AFTER Christmas. Check it out:
And, next, we have Shawn Wood [the co-creator of Planning Christmas] and Robbie Foreman from Freedom Church in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, sharing about how they are planning for their first Christmas as a church plant. Shawn shares some non-negotiables for Christmas and Robbie tells us about a field trip that you and your team must take as you plan for Christmas.
Thanks for supporting Planning Christmas so far, and don’t worry, we’ve got more great ideas to share with you in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow the #PlanningChristmas hashtag and check back here on Wednesdays and Fridays for ideas and inspiration as you plan your church’s Christmas services.
Ja serves as the Campus Pastor and Jonathan Pearson is the Communications Director for Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, SC. Cornerstone is a culturally relevant, and ethnically diverse church in the heart of small town America. They are a multisite church with campuses in Orangeburg, Bamberg, and St. George, SC as well as abroad in Liberia. For more about Cornerstone, visit www.cornerstonecommunity.com