This has been one of our most popular communications for Christmas—it's an upbeat, but thought-provoking presentation of the good news about Jesus for Christmas based on the popular hymn, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing!" and I wanted to share it with you this year.
When I first created the piece it was a full-size sheet and in a 3-panel brochure format, but after sending that out (CLICK HERE for original article and for 8 1/2 x 11-inch size flyers and for brochure size) I got a request to create a bulletin insert-size piece. What a great idea! And I was happy to do that. The images are below and below them a ZIP file for everyone to download ready-to-print PDFs, the editable MS Publisher file, and images of the pieces.
I wrote it and created the communications and you have my permission to share or use it in any way you want.
Be creative in how you use it
Of course, you can print them up and use them at Christmas outreach events or as a bulletin insert.
You can also copy the text or the entire communication and share it on social media for your church or personally.
It's also useful to make copies for your congregation to put into their Christmas letters. Either with the templates here or the ones in the link above (where there is a full-page version), you have my permission to upload any of the PDFs to your church websites for your people to download to print at home and share with their friends and family. I've printed them out for my Sunday School classes and people have greatly appreciated it.
Encourage your congregation to put them into their Christmas cards or enclose with gifts (remembering Jesus is the greatest gift of all!).
I've also had stories of how people put them in mailboxes in their communities and have used them as a table favor rolled up and tied with a ribbon at Christmas parties. There are many things you can do to pass on this seasonal message of salvation.
Make copies of this to give out at Christmas events your church sponsors or is part of or you will be missing an incredible opportunity to share the gospel. If you want to pull out the wording and use your own designs you are more than welcome to do that also.
We can't take sharing this message for granted
We can't assume people know anything about Jesus at Christmas and we must repeatedly remind them of Him.
I recently attended a Holiday Fair and Boutique at a church. It was a community outreach and hundreds of people attended the fun events and free goodies. But though I know people went away thinking how nice the church was to put this on, they all left without ANY reminder that Jesus was the reason for this event and the only source of salvation.
In contrast to the church just mentioned that didn't communicate anything about Jesus, let me share a true story of how another church used this flyer.
When the flyer here was first posted on my website I got a phone call. The connection was bad and I had a hard time understanding the person on the other end. Finally, it cleared where I could hear her and this was our conversation:
"Do you charge for this publication, if I want to download and print it off?" she asked.
"No," I told her, "I have a free version that anyone can print and use."
She was so excited about that and I asked her why and here was her answer—
"We are an English-speaking church in Taiwan and we want to use this for our Christmas services and to give to people to share with their friends."
I got very teary when I heard that.
You never know the difference it will make in the eternity of someone if you take time to create communications that tell them about Jesus. Please do it.
Here are the new images:
CLICK the link that follows to download the zip file for the images above: hark-bulletin-inserts
Below is the link to download the zip file that has ready-to-print PDFs, editable MS Publisher files and images of the publications.
Finally, if you use this or something else, every chance you get, let people know why Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
CLICK the link that follows to download the zip file: hark-bulletin-inserts