Jennifer Noel Wilson
Christmas Card Service Project
When my daughter was very young, she loved to draw and be creative. She also loved to give. Every Christmas she would make something or find something in the house to wrap and pass out to the family or place under the Christmas tree. She started doing this so often, I realized I needed to put her generosity and creativity to work outside our home. She could really bless some people!
Now, every Christmas (and other times of the year as well) my daughter and her friends enjoy making cards for the local nursing home. We get together to make the cards one day, then organize a day to visit the local nursing home. We enjoy bringing them cards and flowers to brighten their day. It’s a joy to pass them out, meet them and talk with them. We love to see their faces light up when they receive the cards and flowers.
Have your kids show the love of Christ this year through making cards. This is a great activity to get your kids being creative and thinking of others. And guess what? Don’t tell them, but they are practicing reading and writing with this activity. AND, they are reading and writing God’s Word. Just another great way for them to learn and love God’s Word.
Here's what you need:
o Colored Cardstock
o Scissors (You can also use fun shape scissors.)
o Clear Tape and/or double-sided tape
o Crayons, markers, colored pens
o Fun shape hole punches
o Colored and patterned tape
o Any other materials you may have for decorating
o Bible Verses (Some suggested below. You can also print & cut these from my Activities Page)
o Optional: glitter
Here’s what you do:
o Cut the cardstock in half. Then fold it into a card shape. This way you can make 2 cards out of 1 piece of cardstock.
o Be creative: Decorate your card with stickers, stamps, drawings, etc.
o Add a bible verse. Have older kids write the verse, while younger kids can practice reading the verse and glue a pre-cut-out verse to their card.
o Add some glitter: If you are comfortable with using it ;)
o Organize a day to visit the local nursing home or anyone else you would like to pass out cards.
o Be sure to call ahead of time to know any restrictions and instructions for visiting. Make your appointment as well.
o Visit a local flower shop or grocery store to buy single stem flowers. This way you can pass out a flower to each person with the card. We like to use carnations, but there are several good varieties depending on your budget.
o That’s it! Have fun sharing the love of Christ!
Some Suggested Bible Verses for Christmas Cards
“The Lord himself will give you a sign. The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son. And he will be called Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
“A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
“Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea. After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. 2 They asked, ‘Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose. Now we have come to worship him.’” Matthew 2:1-2
“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy.” Matthew 2:10
“There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby. It was night, and they were taking care of their sheep. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them. And the glory of the Lord shone around them.” Luke 2:8-9
“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news. It will bring great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
“Life was in him, and that life was the light for all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness has not overcome the light.” John 1:4-5
“The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father. And the Word was full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
“Look! The Lamb of God! He takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16
“May the God who gives hope fill you with great joy. May you have perfect peace as you trust in him. May the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.” Romans 15:13
“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” Galatians 4:4-5
“Every good and perfect gift is from God. This kind of gift comes down from the Father who created the heavenly lights.” James 1:17
“God has given us eternal life. And this life is found in his Son.” 1 John 5:11