Each year many Southern Baptist Churches sponsor a “Birthday Party for Jesus” while giving away Christmas Backpacks to needy children. A “Birthday Party for Jesus” can be a simple event or a major event, depending on the sponsor.
A children’s party that celebrates the reason for Christmas while giving out Christmas Backpacks to needy children.
You will be hosting a party to celebrate the birthday of Jesus. The emphasis is on children who may have never heard the real Christmas story. The atmosphere should be that of a party—fun and festive with a purpose!
To communicate the Gospel as you share the Christmas Story. Keeping the gospel message simple and clear, share with the children the story of the birth of Jesus. You will want to provide an opportunity for those who desire to trust Christ as their Savior to receive counseling from a trained counselor, a person who knows how to share the gospel on a child’s level.
- Birthday cake
- Kool-Aid or soft drinks
- A copy of the Christmas story for each child.
- Someone to read or tell the Christmas story to the children.
- Christmas Backpacks for the expected number of children who will be attending.
- Games and songs to make the party exciting and like a birthday party.
- Some churches provide a meal – basic hotdogs/hamburgers and chips, others a full meal with a meat and vegetables.
- Some churches provide other needed essentials such as a blanket for each child, or extra hygiene items, or underclothing/socks.
Making this a churchwide, same-day event is a good strategy and allows for advanced planning as a group. You may want to do a simulated party atmosphere two-to-three weeks before the event.
- Keep it intimate. A small party of 15 to 50 children that your church can minister to is better than a large party that is impersonal. The larger the group of children, the more difficult it will be in sharing time with them. Focus on quality over quantity.
- Use your imagination. Be creative using the resources you have available as you plan the event. Do not plan the event in such a way as to offend the children. You want the children and their parents to be comfortable.
- Invite the parents or the guardians. A brief overview of the activities planned for the children is also helpful to include with the invitation.
- Through your local school, church organization, or by going door to door, extend an invitation to the children you are targeting to come. Because children are involved, it is good opportunity to invite the children from your church to join you in delivering the invitations. Briefly share with the parents something like this: “Our church is having a birthday party for Jesus this year. It helps kids remember what Christmas is all about. This year we thought it would be fun to have a big party. We’ll have fun, some food, and hear the story of Jesus’ birth. We hope your children can come, and moms and dads are welcome too! Every child who comes will receive a special Christmas Backpack.” Remember, children attract children.
- Enlist, equip, and mobilize others to help you with counseling and follow-up, promotion, prayer, and the event.
- It is highly recommended that all those involved in working with the children have current background checks.
If you need a mission team to partner with you for the event, please contact Appalachian Mountain Ministry using our online contact form.