Serving Your Kin Through the Holidays

By October 15, 2019 October 22nd, 2019 No Comments

You know the song…It’s the most wonderful time of the year!.  Well for many of your Kin,  the holidays can serve as a reminder of just how lonely they feel.  Here are a few ways you can help your Kin through this holiday season.

Blue Christmas

Not everyone is feeling excited and cheery about the holidays. We can help by acknowledging that Christmas isn’t the most wonderful time of year for everyone.  Consider hosting a Blue Christmas to reach out to people who do not feel the joy or excitement of the Christmas holiday. A Blue Christmas service has a more quiet and somber feel than a traditional Christmas service.  It often focuses on the comfort God offers during times of trial.

Discipleship Ministries, Building Faith and Nouwen Network offer some resources to get you started.

Kin Tree

During the month of October have your volunteers discover and then share with you something their Kin would love for Christmas.  Anonymously decorate your Kin Tree with those wishes. Then ask members of your congregation to adopt the Kin and their desired gift for Christmas. Collect the gifts through the month of November and early December.  Finally, in December, have your volunteers or the post office deliver these gifts to the Kin on behalf of the church.

This is a volunteer opportunity for those who prefer to volunteer without an ongoing commitment.

Card Shower

During the month of October collect donated Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year cards.  Then in November, provide volunteers with 5-6 cards and ask them to write a personal note on behalf of the church to the Kin, address and stamp the card. Starting a few days before Thanksgiving start mailing the cards, one per week, to the Kin.  The Kin should receive a card every week between Thanksgiving and New Years.

This is a volunteer opportunity for those who prefer to volunteer without an ongoing commitment.