During Christmas, church leaders often decorate the community bulletin board with a Nativity-themed design. Depending on the location of the bulletin board and the message church leaders are trying to convey, it can enhance the sense of community and encourage worship during Christmas. Because Christmas focuses centred on the events that occurred in the New Testament, it helps congregation members to focus on certain aspects of the story when a bulletin board displays those aspects.
The Friendly Beasts
The children's meeting room bulletin board should feature a nativity scene that is colourful and friendly. Choose a yellow or sky blue background, and then print, paint or draw each of the animals represented in the famous Nativity song, "The Friendly Beasts." These include a donkey, cow, sheep, dove and camel. Center a picture of the Holy Family in the centre of the board---a picture of a painting or coloured clip art will do. Arrange the beasts in a circle around the central painting, and then give each animal a speech bubble with the relevant verse from the song. The title of the bulletin board should be "The Friendly Beasts."
A church entryway bulletin board requires a solemn and elegant nativity scene. Choose dark blue or black background paper, and cut out a stable roof and walls out of poster board. Trace silhouettes of the holy family and other nativity participants---shepherds, wise men and various animals. Also, cut out two dozen stars, with one larger than the others. Cover the silhouettes with aluminium foil, and affix them in the right places in and around the stable. Center the Christmas star over the silhouette of the infant Jesus. The title of the bulletin board could be, "Glory to Got in the Highest," "O, Holy Night," "Glory to the Newborn King" or "For Unto Us a Child is Born."
Prepare a Nativity bulletin board that incorporates each member of the congregation to create a feeling of unity and love. Cut out basic shapes of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus from an online clip art site. They should be rather small; place them in the upper right corner of the board on a solid background. Cut out footprints on different coloured paper---one for each member of the congregation. Allow each member to write a short thought or testimony of the events of the Nativity using a dark pen. Or, ask each person to write about an act of service they received that year. Another idea is to instruct each person to write about his favourite scripture from the four Gospels. When you gather all the footprints, arrange them so that they make a path leading to the Nativity scene. If you have a large congregation, use one footprint to represent each family unit. The title of the bulletin board could be "Our Feet are on the Path of Righteousness," "We'll Follow Him in Faith," "Faith in Every Footstep" or "Come Unto Him."
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