The birth of Jesus Christ is more than just a holiday worth celebrating. Christmas is about the incarnation of Jesus--God taking on human flesh! He became man to save us from our sin. Born to die, Jesus lived as one of us, but fully obedient to the Father. His virgin birth and sinless life made Jesus unlike anyone else--He was perfect and holy. Therefore, His death at the cross becomes a perfect sacrifice. Christmas is the celebration that God has come to us in His love and goodness towards us and did not leave us to die apart from Him--but came to rescue and save us!
When is the Christmas Eve Service?
5:30pm, Saturday Dec. 24
Note: we have met at 6:30pm in previous years.
Because Christmas eve falls on a Saturday this year, we are able to meet a little earlier than years past. We will be celebrating together with Church at the Cross as we have before. Since CATC usually meets at 5:30pm on Saturdays, this time makes even more sense.
What About Kids?
While we usually have a Children's Ministry on Sundays, but our Christmas Eve service is a family friendly service and we encourage family to be together. There will be crayons and coloring pages available for younger kids. Cookies will be in the lobby before service, please take some extras for your kids to munch on as a snack. During the service, all kids will are welcome to participate in one of the songs. Kids can dress up as Mary, Joseph, Wise Men, or an Angel. They will enter the stage when the song lyrics mention thier character. There will be multiple kids dressed as Mary and Joseph, making it fun for many. Also, there will be open flame when everyone holds a lit candle for our final song together. It is up to parents if their child gets a candle or not. Should your child have a difficult time sitting with you, you are welcome to get up and walk around in the back if you prefer. We understand kids like to move, therefore we offer lots of grace. However, you are asked to please consider others around you also and give grace in return if your child is becoming loud. For nursing children and crying babies, the nursery room will be open for mothers to be with their children. Lastly, we will be singing lots of songs and kids are encouraged to sing along with parents. The service will be aproximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, but will feel like it moves quickly.
What to Expect?
The overall atmosphere is one of celebration. The service will include singing and worship, taking of communion, special readings, the conclusion of advent, and candle lighting (please be careful with kids.) The service will be about an hour and thirty minutes. Cookies, coffee, and cocoa will be available beforehand. This is a family service, with kids off all ages together with adults. Kids will participate in one of the songs.
Christmas Eve is at our usual location GREAT PLAINS CHURCH 2901 W. TAFT Christmas Day meets at: ROLLING HILLS NURSING HOME 1319 S. SEVILLE
Will there be service on Christmas day?
Yes and No.
Because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, we will not be holding Christmas services in the morning during our usual time. Please take this time to be with your family.
However, we will be meeting together for our usual end of the month time at Rolling Hills Nursing Home. We usually have a short service each month, but for Christmas we will be serving the residents and staff by passing out gifts, singing Christmas carols, and praying for every person who will let us.
Everyone is welcome to join in this fun time on Christmas Day.
Did you know that at Rolling Hills, they have an especially high percentage of residents who have no family at all?
To make sure no one feels lonely, we are asking families to bring a small gift for a resident. You can bring the gift to GPC prior to Christmas Day. We will also give a small gift to each staff member at the nursing home making sure every single person is touched. What a great opportunity we have as a church body to shine bright by caring for others in meaningful ways.
As an idea for a gift, Rolling Hills provided a Christmas list:
PLEASE DO NOT WRAP GIFTS - they will be distributed on a cart and residents can pick one or two items from the cart that they would like or need.
3:30pm, Sunday Dec. 25
Rolling Hills Nursing Home
1319 S. Seville (Near Tyler & Kellogg/US-54)
Kids are encouraged and bring smiles and warmth to those who have no family.