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Where did December go? And a Pringles Nativity

I had such plans for December blog posts!  But it's already January 9th and half of it didn't get done.  Maybe that is the REAL ikidmin life!  Ha!

I did want to blog about my month in children's church which we call  "GF Kid's Club".  The GF stands for "Grace Fellowship".  The name of our church. :)

December was my month to be leader, I also coordinate the lessons for other leaders but we rotate the teaching on a monthly basis.  At this time we have five teams (I wish we had six!) so I always do the extra month to make it work out so that each team teaches twice a year.  We skip one month in the summer and we skip the first Sunday of each month so the kids get some exposure to "big church".

Anyway, of course during December we went through the story of Jesus' birth and had a few fun games and activities to go with it.  We model our service after "big church" with singing, prayer, scripture, offering and a "sermon" with the addition of snacks, a craft or activity and games.

Admit it, you wish you had snacks in church don't you?

Here are some nativity figures I made this year to help present the Christmas story. I used empty pringles cans, hot glue, felt, fabric trims, fabric scraps and ribbon. I designed and printed out the faces. They are just taped on but I'm thinking of decoupaging them, or laminating so that they last.

The kids really enjoyed them as did I!


Joseph, Mary, Jesus

Shepherds and a sheep

Wise Men

Sheep made from an empty egg white carton cut down and covered in faux fleece

The Whole Cast
If you would like a FREE printable copy of the faces you can download them here.*

We had a "wrap a kid" game that was lots of fun!
One of our PIT Crew** members being wrapped by kids.


December was such a busy, fun month.  I love ministering to children and their families.

Jesus is THE reason for the season!!

*Please do not share these, unless you provide a link back to my blog.  You may use them in your church or home for free, please do not redistribute them without permission.  Thanks!

**PIT Crew is a ministry team made up of kids 6th grade and up that I direct that helps in children's ministry and is a performance team.  I will have some information about that ministry soon!

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