Planning Christmas services can be a stressful time of year for those on church staff. We all expect more people in attendance at Christmas, so we want to make a positive impact on those who haven't been in church for a while.
That's not a small amount of pressure for staff and volunteers to manage. While the Christmas season will always be a big time of year for church staff, there are a few things you can do to make this process easier for everyone.
Tip #1: Start the planning process early
Don't wait until December to start planning for Christmas services. It's stressful and frustrating for everyone if you're rushing around the week before to get ready. By starting the planning process now, you can prevent a scenario where staff members are practically living at the church the week before Christmas.
Tip #2: Ask for volunteers ASAP
You'll likely need volunteers to help with setting up the stage and decorating prior to Christmas services. You'll also need volunteers at those services. Many potential volunteers may have plans to travel out of town for the holiday. Others may stay around, but will drive to grandmother's house on Christmas Day.
Whether you'll have services on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or both, you need to start asking for volunteers now. This gives them a chance to alter travel plans if they so choose and for you to discover who won't be available in plenty of time to find others to serve.
Tip #3: Give your team some time off
No matter how much you plan ahead, you can't get around the fact that staff members will work on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day. Give your team some time off the week after Christmas so they can spend time with family and enjoy a well-deserved break.
Tip #4: Show your appreciation
While we should all serve to honor our Savior and not for the approval of others, it's always a good idea to thank your staff and volunteers who've gone the extra mile.
As they're decorating the church, setting out candles, and rehearsing songs, walk around and let folks know you appreciate their hard work. After Christmas, take some time to send out thank you cards or recognize staff and volunteers in a service. A simple, heart-felt thank you goes a long way.
Christmas doesn't have to be a stressful time of year. Put these simple tips into practice to make this year's celebration a success for attendees, church staff, and volunteers alike.