What My Church is Doing Since Christmas Day is a Sunday
Christmas Day is on a Sunday this year. We knew it was coming. It will happen again in 2022. Additionally, any time Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, New Year’s Day is also a Sunday. The good thing about the calendar is it doesn’t change without an act of God. We have time to plan.
My church will gather on Christmas Day. We enjoy worshiping together! Will fewer people show than on a typical Sunday? Probably. But many in our congregation want to be there. Kevin DeYoung provided an excellent explanation for why churches should gather on Christmas Day. I encourage you to read his post. I’ll focus more on what we’re doing.
- We are less volunteer intensive. We have four services in two languages. We also have full programming for all ages in two different hour-long timeslots. In short, Sundays require a lot of people resources. We wanted everyone to worship together on Christmas, so we are canceling (I hate that word, so how about “taking a break from”) Life Groups and several other ministries that occur on Sunday mornings.
- We are connecting our worship services. Our English-speaking services meet at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. We’re combining them into one 10am service. Our Spanish-speaking service will meet at the usual time of 10:30am. Our campus is too small and parking spots too few to handle our typical Sunday crowd all at once. On Christmas Day, we’re hoping everyone can cram into one service. It’s not often we get to worship with each other. This year is the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together.
- We are uniting all generations. Our three English-speaking services are in three different styles (traditional, contemporary, and blended). Christmas Day is a good time to unite everyone intentionally. The service will be in a classic style, but we’ll also have some fun elements for the children, including gifts and a children’s sermon (which we don’t typically do). Our goal is for the service to be something that all generations will enjoy.
- We are celebrating Christ’s birth with a new birth. Most importantly, we will baptize a new believer in this Christmas Day service. She is my daughter. Had we decided to cancel this service, then the opportunity to baptize her on Christmas Day would not exist. I’m glad we’re gathering, if for this reason alone.
I understand why some churches are not gathering corporately on Christmas Day. When we did our calendaring for 2016, we knew something would change in worship on December 25th. Our approach was to look at Christmas Day as an opportunity rather than a hurdle. So we settled on the plan above. If you are gathering together on Christmas Day, share what your church is doing in the comments.