Are you still looking for that perfect
Christmas musical? Here’s an idea
that may simplify things for you. How
would you like to create your own Christmas musical?
Sound too difficult? It
isn’t. Select about 8 songs that
you would like the children to sing. Be
sure to include one that will lend itself well to a salvation message.
Remember, at least 5 of them should be upbeat in tempo.
(You don’t want the audience to fall asleep before the end.)
Now that you have your list of songs,
it’s time to weave them all together.
Arrange the songs in an order by tempo, such as: upbeat, upbeat, slower,
upbeat, slower, upbeat, slower (will be followed by salvation message), and
upbeat. It’s usually good to make
your theme song either the first or last song.
A couple of easy settings to provide a
type of storyline for the musical are either a “Talk Show” or “Music
Awards Show.” You’ll need to
select a host and a person to be interviewed for each of the songs.
You might take the approach of interviewing the authors of the songs,
having them explain the purpose and message behind their song, or interviewing
the “award-winning musician” and why he/she recorded the song, how it
affected their lives. Then have a
special presentation of that song. After
the song is presented, introduce the next guest.
At the end of the salvation-themed song, you may wish to have the host
introduce the pastor for some special comments on what the audience just heard.
He can give an altar call and pray with the people and then return the
program back to the host. The host
can then conclude the program with the final song (usually a repeat of main
theme or theme song).
For added spice, play some contemporary
Christmas music selections as the host enters and during his exit after the
finale, having a group of kids off to the side with instruments pretending that
they are playing (airband). Also
have the host open with a few one-line jokes.
Church jokes would be great here. Maybe
somewhere in the middle after an upbeat song, the host could do a comedy routine
similar to funny headlines, etc. seen on talk shows.
For some other comedy ideas, look at the Comedy article in ‘The Vault’ area of the Children’s Ministry Today website at
The staging should be easy.
If you’re doing a “Talk Show,” have a desk, a desktop microphone,
and some comfortable chairs set to the side.
Put up a wall behind the desk with a window and some curtains.
You could even paint a city scene to be viewed through the window (or use
a poster of a city). Be sure to add
prayer, patience, and a good number of rehearsals, your custom-made Christmas
musical will be a success!
May God richly bless
you and your ministry.
Rev. Gary R. Linn
Children's Ministry Today