Sunday, December 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Jesus Party and Caroling Fun!

Several months ago, I decided that I really wanted our kids ministry to be able to go caroling at one of the assisted living/nursing home facility that our church supports. Our children's musical was about a caroling outreach for their community, and I wanted the kids to be able to experience sharing God's love in a real, tangible way. We weren't really sure what kind of turnout we would have because the only available time that we could schedule it for was on a Sunday night after school had already let out for Christmas break, but we decided to give it a shot.
We were overwhelmed by the turnout! The kids were so excited! :) We had a guest appearance by Mr. Olsen from our Back to the Manger musical - he came to read the Christmas story to the kids! :)
Each person had their own cupcake with a candle to blow out after we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus. The kids were so excited and totally loved it! :)

We really encouraged this to be a "whole family" event - so even Caleb got in on some cupcake action! :)

We then headed to Agape and the kids sort of took over the front lobby! :) We sang a few of our songs from the musical (complete with hilarious choreography) and then sang several Christmas carols.

Callie was excited that she got to be part of it too :).

After singing in several of the different lobbies, we went down to visit one precious couple from our church that lives there. Pastor Joe and his sweet wife Mary Duke were overwhelmed by the sight (and sounds!) of all our children there to sing to them. It was a very sweet night and a tradition that I hope continues to years to come.

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