What Is the Best Time For Christmas Eve Service


If your church is hosting a Christmas Eve Service this year you have probably already chosen your service time(s), but if you have yet to do so, make sure you keep potential unchurched guests in mind.

Christmas Eve is great for a number of reasons. Several of which we discuss in last week’s episode of The WHYcollective Podcast, but one of the best reasons it’s so important is that more unchurched people will come to a Christmas Eve Service than any other time of the year.

With such a willingness from unchurched people to come to your service, it would be great to consider what time has the most potential for unchurched people to attend?

Remember, that for an unchurched person deciding whether to accept an invitation from a friend or family member to go to a Christmas Eve Service, finding a service to go to isn’t one of their top priorities. They aren’t inclined to adjust their family traditions around a service time. Instead, a service time has to fit into their schedule.

When you consider a family with various traditions, consider a time that fits in between the two main meals of the day. Fitting all the families and traditions in can be tough, and often lunch will be spent with one side of the family and dinner with the other. Keeping that in mind, schedule times that are enough distance from those meals that an unchurched family can attend the service and have no problem staying for lunch or making it in time for dinner.

This Christmas you have an opportunity to impact lives. To connect people to Jesus in a way that leads to a radical change in their family. Don’t miss on that opportunity. Plan a service where unchurched folks can say “Yes” when they are invited by someone in your church.

About the author, Chris

I am the founder of BreakThru Churches, a community of Christ followers who are committed to helping leaders and churches achieve their WHY. I believe every person and ministry has a unique mission (their WHY) and my WHY is to help others achieve that.

I have served churches in Colorado, Maryland, and Tennessee, for more than 20 years as a pastor, leader, educator, and coach. My biggest WHYs are to embrace that I am restored child of God, and to be the best husband I can be to my wife, Kyrie, and our 3 kiddos, and serve the leaders of churches.

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