We want our people to share their faith and this communication gives them an easy and non-threatening way to do it. One year, I posted the material below on our Adult Sunday School Class website and gave out a sample to our adult class. I printed the black and white image on a blue parchment-type paper. I encouraged them to go to the website and print it out for their Christmas letters and to share with friends. You are welcome to copy any or all of it and the Free letter (or of course any of the samples if you are an ECC Member) and put them on your church or class website for your people to share.
Below the sample that I shared with my class are some color versions, spot-color separations, and versions that are in a tri-fold brochure format. All of these are available in two ZIP files for Effective Church Communication Members at the end of this article. This letter/brochure or any other piece that clearly explains the reason for Christmas and the meaning of salvation in Jesus is essential for your church to share at all your holiday outreach events. Jesus came to save us from our sins, not to give us reasons to buy stuff or even so we can have wonderful family celebrations. We need to be clear about the true Christmas message to people who may only come to our church at this time of year--this piece gives you an easy and effective way to do it.
What I shared on my Adult Sunday School Class website--you can download the free version from this:
Christians know that Jesus is the reason for the season of Christmas, but sometimes we are at a loss in how to share it with friends and family. One easy way you can do this is to use the Christmas letter, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing...but why?"
This letter takes the popular carols and uses it to challenge people to consider Jesus as Savior. On the back of the letter are website resources for people to explore the Christian faith. Below are images of the front and the back side of the letter. CLICK HERE or on either image to download a PDF that you can print.
You could of course, put anything you want on the back side of the letter--personal notes from you, special invitations to events or teaching at your church. What is on the sample worked for that year, but websites change and some aren't current.
Whatever you do, please take time to share this--someone's eternity could be changed because of it.
Additional design and layout versions of Hark the Herald Angels Sing! but why?
All of the versions below are part of two ZIP files for Effective Church Communication Members in a ZIP file at the end of this article. For versions illustrated, ECC Members have access to:
- Ready-to-print PDFs
- Editable MS Publisher files for the full-page version
- Editable MS Word files for the tri-fold brochure version
- Hi-res images of the communication piece
- NOTE: there are additional spot-color separated files that aren't illustrated below in the ZIP files.
For information on how to become an ECC Member to immediately access these and many other free communication pieces and ebooks, CLICK HERE.
Below are the ZIP Files for additional designs for Effective Church Communication Members, CLICK HERE for more information on membership and how to join.
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CLICK HERE to download a ZIP file of the color versions. SAVE the file to your desktop and CLICK to open.
CLICK HERE to download a ZIP file of the spot-color versions. SAVE the file to your desktop and CLICK to open.