A Theology Network Christmas
The Christmas season is looming! Well, almost… This might seem a little soon, but prompted by the release of the new John Lewis Christmas advert (mind those tears!) and an obsession with starting on the Christmas music early, we’ve been having a think about festive ideas for your Theology Network groups.
CU Carol Services
All around the country Christian Unions organise fantastic Christmas events – such as great carol services in co-operation with their student unions and other societies. As theologians in the Christian Union – get involved! Sing in the choir, bake mince pies or, if you would rather stick to your strengths, offer to do a reading from the bible (1 Timothy 4:13 anyone?)
Or, since the CU Carol Service is usually the biggest evangelistic event of the year, why not organise a pre-event event (if you know what I mean?!). Think mulled wine and mince pies, Christmas music and decorations, and have a speaker (the Carol Service speaker themselves? Or an evangelical lecturer?) give a short talk on ‘Christmas for theologians’. Hold it in a venue close to the church (the divinity department, a pub function room, a large flat) and when done have everyone walk to the Carol Service together!
It’s only November – but now is a great time to start organising. Get creative now by thinking of ways to share the gospel with theology/divinity departments. Previously, TN groups have hosted debates on the theology of the incarnation, on the virgin birth etc. It’s just a perfect opportunity to challenge other students on the historicity of Jesus’ life and the implications of those nativity events – case in point “you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins”! (Matt.1:21)
If that sounds a little too formal, why not have a think about organising some smaller initiatives that will brighten up your course-mates’ Christmas? Give out candy canes or mince pies in your 9am lectures (you will, we are sure, attend these regularly anyway!), put on a hilarious, do-it-yourself nativity, host a short talk on the real meaning of Christmas, or write something on the same topic for your student newspaper. People love Christmas and they appreciate your generosity and Christmas spirit – they might even start asking questions as to why you love caring for them and why you get so excited around Christmas!
Finally, have a think about getting together as a group to revise for those pesky Christmas exams. Make a day of it, share some good food, pursue theological excellence, and invite your friends who aren’t Christians to join in!
Give your ideas in the comments below!
Know God better, love Jesus more, join the Christmas revolution!