The Home for Christmas video service is specifically tailored to fit into your family’s at-home festivities.

  • About a 30-minute service
  • Includes an encouraging message of hope from Pastor Tim Porter, as he teaches from the gospel of John.
  • An opportunity to sing "Silent Night" and light a candle to symbolize Jesus being born into a dark world to bring light and life to everyone.
  • Listen for a code word at the end of the service to redeem at a local coffee shop for free beverages for your family!
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Countdown to Christmas - WEEK 1

Each week, we’ll bring you some fun ideas to enjoy with your family as we prepare our hearts and homes for Christmas.

"...God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." - 1 John 1:5b

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. This is reflected in the lights and candles that are often a part of our decorations. This week, we offer an activity with a light theme, along with a fun recipe and craft to try during this joyful season. We have gathered these ideas from across the internet. Faith Community Church is not affiliated with any of the links provided. Please note that the links contain ads and other links, that are not part of the suggested ideas below.

1. ACTIVITY - Christmas Lights Card

Send a Christmas card to a local nursing home, hospital, school, fire department or police station!

Source: Mud Mates, https://www.mudmates.co.nz/blog-fingerprint-christmas-cards

2. RECIPE - Ginger Bread Muffins

Bake some gingerbread muffins to enjoy as a family or share with a neighbor!

Source: A Kitchen Addiction, https://www.a-kitchen-addiction.com/bakery-style-gingerbread-muffins/

3. CRAFT - Macaroni Christmas Trees

If you have young children or grandchildren (ages 3 to 5), try making these macaroni Christmas trees.

Source: The Best Ideas For Kids, https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/christmas-tree-pasta-macaroni-craft/

Countdown to Christmas - WEEK 2

"'For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.'" (Matthew 2:2b)

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. After Jesus was born, the Bible tells us that wise men followed a bright star. They had watched for the star for many years and were filled with joy when they saw it (Matthew 2:10). These men studied the teachings of the prophets of the Old Testament (Numbers 24:17), which told of the star that would appear when Jesus, the Messiah, was born. Stars are often placed at the top of a Christmas tree, as a reminder of the star that signaled Jesus’ birth.

This week, you’ll find a star-themed activity, recipe and craft to try during this joyful season. We have gathered these ideas from across the internet. Faith Community Church is not affiliated with any of the links provided. Please note that the links contain ads and other links, that are not part of the suggested ideas below.

1. ACTIVITY - Star Gazing

On Dec. 21, bundle up and head outside for a rare opportunity to see an alignment of Saturn and Jupiter, which will appear similarly to the star that shone at Jesus’ birth. About 45 minutes after sunset, look to the southwest. It will appear brightest on Dec. 21, but should also be visible each evening that week. According to christianheadlines.com, the star will be visible anywhere on earth, so tell your friends and neighbors to look for this amazing sighting, too!

TIP: Set a reminder on your phone so you don't forget!

Source: Christian Headlines. https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/john-paluska/planets-will-align-causing-rare-christmas-star-to-appear-in-the-sky-this-december.html?fbclid=IwAR3yVmHiDPNdRyQNu0lI06oHY3TkFdeujHgW82odxZMkRI_7AihbX92MvNY

2. RECIPE - Star Bread

Gather together in the kitchen to make star-shaped bread.

Source 1: Cafe Delites, https://cafedelites.com/star-christmas-bread/
Source 2: Pillsbury,
https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/cinnamon-walnut-crescent-star-bread/874c239f-4eb2-4abb-acbf-351ffb941165

3. CRAFT - Star Ornaments

Make some star Christmas ornaments from clothespins for your own tree or to give as gifts.

Source: Just That Perfect Piece, https://justthatperfectpiece.com/simple-rustic-christmas-ornaments-diy/

Countdown to Christmas - WEEK 3

“10 And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’” (Luke 2:10-12)

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Some of the first witnesses to his birth were shepherds. An angel of the Lord appeared to them and told the shepherds the good news of Jesus’ birth—the one who would bring peace to the world had been born (Luke 2:14). And, we continue to share the good news of Jesus! Immanuel—God with us (Matthew 1:23)! Joy to the world!

This week, you’ll find an activity, two recipes and an angel-themed craft to enjoy as you celebrate Christmas. We have gathered these ideas from across the internet. Faith Community Church is not affiliated with any of the links provided. Please note that the links contain ads and other links that are not part of the suggested ideas below.

1. ACTIVITY - Christmas Family Movie Night

Make some popcorn and hot chocolate and watch your favorite Christmas movie together.

2. RECIPE - Christmas tree chartreuse tray & Christmas pancakes

Here’s one recipe for Christmas Eve and another for Christmas morning!

Source 1: Muy Bueno, https://muybuenocookbook.com/christmas-tree-cheese-board/
Source 2: Cherished Bliss,
https://cherishedbliss.com/chocolate-chip-pancakes-homemade-whipped-topping-recipe/

3. CRAFT - Handprint Angel Card

Make a keepsake handprint angel card for a relative or neighbor.

Source: The Soccer Mom Blog, https://thesoccermomblog.com/handprint-angel-christmas-card/

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