Hosting a Christmas carol service at your school or church is a great way to get everyone in the Christmas spirit and remind them why we celebrate this special time of year. You might even take the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for less fortunate children around the world. This article explains how to organize a children’s carol service, helping you to ensure that the day is a success.
Host a Christmas carol service
Before you do anything else, let your school principal or church pastor know that you are thinking of hosting a children’s carol service. Once you have their permission, reserve a location (for example, the school auditorium or local church) at a time and date that makes it easy for children and their parents to attend.
This is what you will need:
- Service order
- Welcome speechprepared by yourself / director / boy and girl director / church pastor
- Good selection of children’s Christmas songs.. Give the carol service a celebratory yet heartwarming atmosphere with a mix of contemporary and fun Christmas songs and more traditional and heartwarming ones. Ask a pianist or band to play backing, or if you’re short on time, use an audio CD with backing tracks.
- readings. The readings should also be varied, with a good mix of biblical messages and current stories. Speakers can include anyone from children to esteemed church members. The more mix you have, the more varied and interesting the carol service will be.
- fundraising ideas. Hosting a children’s carol service is also a great opportunity to raise money for charity and in doing so teach them valuable lessons about caring for others. Organize a collection at the beginning and/or end of the service and include a reading about your chosen charity. You could even incorporate a holiday bake sale or ask kids to bring in unwanted items to send to underprivileged kids.
- Christmas blessing / message to take home, prepared by yourself, the church director or pastor. This should consolidate the lessons learned throughout the service.
Once you have found willing volunteers for the welcome speech, musical accompaniments, readings, etc., organize a meeting so that everyone can discuss their ideas and combine them to create a coherent carol service with a consistent message.
Assign a specific amount of time to each speaker (eg, 3-5 minutes per reading) and let them plan their individual readings. If you’re worried about how the service will work that day, get everyone together beforehand for a quick rehearsal.
Now that you have a better idea of how to organize a children’s carol service, you should feel much more confident. For more fundraising ideas, check out the websites of charities such as The Children’s Society, which offers some great advice.