'Tis the season for Christmas celebrations of all kinds - and its no different here at St. Peter! The birth of our Savior is a wonderful reason to get together and praise God for his precious gift to the world! This past weekend, we had a few events with this in mind.

Christmas for Kids

Children ages 3 through 5th grade spent the morning learning about the Christmas story through a variety of activities and crafts. The younger children learned about the Nativity while putting together their own scene with stickers. The older kids also learned about the Christian symbolism in found the candy cane (and of course, got to eat one at the same time!) 

Our "scnacktivity" had us putting together all kinds of treats to make some delicious snowmen! (They didn't last as snowmen very long though - they were our snack after all!)

Meanwhile the parents appreciated a few hours of peace and quiet :) Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help make this happen! We look forward to hosting Christmas for Kids again next year!

Christmas Caroling

On Sunday afternoon, several families and members of St. Peter gathered to brighten the halls of various nursing homes and rehab centers with beloved Christmas carols.

We visited five different locations, and sang our favorite hymns and carols with dozens of elderly residents. We hope we brough a little joy to their Christmas by reminding them of they gift they have in Jesus!

Because of Jesus, we have every reason to sing about having peace and joy - not just at this time of year, but all throughout the year! Christmas reminds us that God came down from a throne in heaven to walk in this broken, messy world we live in. From the wood of the manger that held him when he was born, to the wood of the cross that held him until he died, Jesus lived perfectly for us. And in his death, he suffered the punishment we deserve for being less than perfect. Because of Jesus, we can look forward to life in heaven forever - apart from all pain, sadness, and sin!  

However you celebrate Christmas this year, remember this truth, and let it fill you with peace and joy - not just in the weeks ahead, but until we reach our heavenly home!