We had our first December Nights event last Saturday. It was a blast! The new indoor winter wonderland was amazing. It was cold! Snow falling that seemed so real! 1500 synthetic snowballs flying everywhere. Blocks of ice on an ice rink-like floor. An elf on the shelf (what a fun target to try to hit). The lights and decorations. And that was just one fraction of the fun!
We had cookie decorating (I took one for the team and decorated and ate the broken cookies!), gingerbread houses, bingo, an amazing band playing Christmas carols, fire pits to make s’mores, two photo booths, a hayride, and a live nativity (and more!). It was a blast. The the campus is decorated so well. I love the giant wood Christmas tree in the outdoor court. Wow! I’m so thankful to our staff and volunteers who worked so hard and donated supplies to make these great evenings. Thank you!
We have two more December Nights – this Saturday (12/9) and next Saturday (12/16). We start at 5:30 and end about 8:30pm. There are food trucks here to purchase dinner from and we’ll have hot chocolate and other free drinks. And don’t worry, there’s lots of parking.
We make it so simple to invite others to join you! This is an easy event to ask others to connect with you and have fun. You’ll get to introduce them to your church and your church family. Have you been praying for that one person (remember “pray for one”)? Maybe it is time to invite them to come with you. Did you get a Red Card challenge to connect with a neighbor? Have you been wanting to have a spiritual conversation with someone? This event is designed to create that opportunity. There’s a time you can just have fun and a way to sit and relax and talk. It is so simple! Just ask them to come with you to celebrate Christmas! There’s no preaching and no pressure! But God just might use the time together to deepen a relationship and open a conversation.
And the same is true of our Christmas Eve services. They are 1 hour (even a bit less). They are family-oriented and fun. We’ll sing several Christmas carols and finish with our candle lighting service. I give a short 10-minute message about the meaning of Christmas. This is another easy opportunity to invite others to join you. It so simple! Our Christmas Eve services are at 1, 3, 5 and 7pm. We’ve got a great service planned. And we’ll have communion available in the Student Center before and after services and child programming for ages birth up to age 6. And there will be hot cocoa and cookies after each service, too.
We’ll have cards on the tables in the lobbies on Sunday that you can take and use to invite others. It is so simple! Take advantage of this amazing time of year to make a connection that God might use in an amazing way. It so simple!