Many people will came to your church for Christmas Eve or other Christmas-related services because they want to make a family member happy, to keep peace in an extended family, or for many other reasons that have nothing to do with seeking God and who never come at any other time of year.
However, our Lord who stooped to become a baby still seeks them and a communication piece like this may help make a ongoing connection with your visitors and Jesus.
This piece is an extended version of the Christmas follow-up postcards mentioned earlier that reminded people that we don't only celebrate Christmas because of the Baby Jesus, but because of what he grew up to be—our Savior.
This extended piece can be used in many ways: as flyer or bulletin insert, as a print piece inside a visitor letter, as text or graphics or both for social media or your online or print newsletter, it is designed for people to get them to think about Jesus beyond an inspiring service.
On the back you can add some links to online resources to help them explore what it means to be a Christian. You could also add events from your church schedule, your website information about your church, a personal message, or contact information.
PLEASE take the time and effort to make up a communication like this!
Many churches are hesitant to preach challenging evangelistic sermons at Christmas services and while that is understandable, we don't want to miss the opportunity to share Jesus and to give people the resources to explore more about Him on their own. A communication like this isn't intrusive or pushy, but it gently challenges and gives people the resources to check into more about Jesus and the Christian faith. I've suggested some sources, but please add your own or any ways visitors can engage with your church or enter into a dialog or have their questions answered.
Additional designs and editable files
Below is the text of the insert and following that are added designs available in the ZIP file at the end of the article. The ZIP file has:
- Ready-to-print PDFs of all the designs
- Editable MS Publisher files
- Hi-res images of each design
- MS Word file of the text for the front of the flyer and recommended resources.
Text for the flyer follows. You have my permission to use it in any way you want:
At Christmas we focus on the baby in the manger, the angels’ praise, and the shepherds’ worship, but there is much more to this story.
The angels’ praise and the shepherds’ worship weren’t solely for a cute baby with a touching back-story about his parent’s struggles that brought them into a barn for their baby’s birth.
The praise and worship were for the fulfillment of centuries of prophetic promises. Though their words were often dimly understood and often misinterpreted, the prophets’ consistent message was that God had not abandoned a world that had turned its back on Him.
The praise and worship were because the temple sacrifices of thousands of innocent lambs would cease now that the redemption they represented had come to earth. Immanuel, “God with us” was no longer a vague promise, but a baby in the manger. The redemption He would purchase with this death on the cross would pay our sin debt in full.
The praise and worship were for what that baby would become: a teacher, healer, and ultimately the Savior of humanity.
The praise and worship were because that baby was living proof that someday, anyone and everyone, no matter what their past, if they accept the salvation the Savior would offer, could walk with God in peace, full of joy, and forever.
Our church is here to share that story in all its fullness, to answer your questions, and to help you grow as a disciple of Jesus.
We’d consider it a privilege to share it with you and on the back of this piece are opportunities to explore the Christian faith and to interact with us.
The additional designs below are in the Zip file at the after the images
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