Friday, December 24, 2010

Perspectives from the Field: Getting Ready for HIS Arrival

It’s almost Christmas!

Advent is a wonderful time as we PREPARE for the arrival of the Messiah. Too often, we instead focus on the arrival of Santa/gifts and make Christ an afterthought.

Sure, I enjoy watching kids open gifts (and I admit I’m looking forward to Christmas with my brand new grandson) but we need to remember the Reason for the Season. Advent is about getting ready to welcome Christ into our lives and preparing others to do the same.

Christmas generates lots of attention. Figure out how to reach out to youth and other members of your congregation as well as your entire community to share the love of God and to demonstrate how God has made a difference in your life.

by Mark Whitaker
Youth & Young Adult Director and Communications Coordinator
Avondale United Methodist Church Kansas City MO (North of the River)
Marketing Coordinator, youTheology Advisory Board
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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