Looking for a few ideas on outreach to children this Christmas season? Here’s an idea on how to personally invite kids to a church Christmas party! A free Christmas Party Invitation Printable is included within this post. This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading.
Does your church offer an annual Christmas party for the children’s department? Ours has for a few years now, and it is always a great time. As in most churches, our children’s department has many facets. From an AWANA program to a preschool, there are kids and families coming in and out the doors every day. We always want them all to know that they are invited to our annual Christmas festivities, but sometimes (even with the current times of social media!)it can be hard to get the word out so that everyone knows that they are invited and welcome.
Through my years of working with kids, I have come to realize that when kids are excited about getting involved, their parents are more apt to help them get involved (and be involved themselves). Our number one goal is always to spread the love of Jesus with as many kids as possible. A Christmas party is a great way to do that. Here are two tips on how to spread the news:
#1 Make the invitation memorable. Most churches have some nativity costumes in their collection. Pull out a new and have costumed characters pass out invitations or share a Christmas-related short skit during a children’s time to promote the event. Oriental Trading has these super cute nativity animal costumes that are perfect for kids! Other kids will definitely remember if they were invited to a Christmas event by a camel!
#2 Invite personally when possible. In a VBS training, the instructor stated an unforgettable statement:
“When you’ve invited everybody, you’ve invited nobody.”
People love personal invitations. Sometimes a quick invite on social media or in a church bulletin doesn’t reach all of the church community. Some may not feel that it applies to them. A personal, distributed invitation may help everyone feel invited. Of course, the plausibility of this depends on the size of your church and outreach.
A small, inexpensive item can also help to spread the news. It can serve as a tangible reminder to kids and their families.
This free printable below combines both 1) the personal invitation element and 2) the tangible reminder. Paired with a candle glow stick from Oriental Trading, the invitation is a cute way to invite and remind children to your church Christmas party.
To download the free printable, right click on the image below to save it to your computer. The image contains blanks for you to add in your event information. You may add it in using photo editing software or by simply writing it in.
To attach the candle glow stick, hole punch a hole in both sides on the center as seen below. Lay the glow stick on the card. Use a half of a pipe cleaner (also known as a fuzzy stick) to attach the candle glow stick to the card.
Isn’t this little nativity animal cute passing out an invite?