6 Christmas Fellowship Ideas for International Congregations

Festive Fun with the Fondells
6 Christmas Fellowship Ideas for International Congregations
By Jodi Fondell and Doug Fondell

Congregation-to-congregation resourcing from the Association of International Churches in Europe and the Middle East

Throughout our years of ministry at Immanuel International Church in Stockholm, we had many gatherings in our home at Christmas time. Whether it was the council, the youth, or young adults, we enjoyed incorporating some fun and games into the evenings. Here is a collection of some of our more memorable fun and games.

Build A Reindeer Rack
Give each team a pair of panty hose and a package of balloons. Within a designated time limit, teams must blow up and tie the balloons, stuff them inside the panty hose, filling each leg. When their “rack” is complete, designate one person to become the reindeer and put the construction on their head. For added a flair, a red nose can also be applied and ribbons tied to the bottom of the feet.

Santa's Beard
This is a mess so makes sure you are prepared for such! Each team designates a Santa and are given a can of shaving or whipped cream. They then proceed to create the best beard they can within a designated time period.

Cryptic Christmas Carols
Hand out this list of Christmas carols. Teams must try to figure out the more well-known title. Can you?

  1. Bleached Yule
  2. Castaneous-Colored Seed Vesicated in a Conflagration
  3. Singular Yearning for the Twin Anterior Incisors
  4. Righteous Darkness
  5. Arrival Time: 2400 Hours-Weather Conditions: Cloudless
  6. Loyal Followers Advance
  7. Far Off in a Feeder
  8. Array the Corridor
  9. Bantam Male Percussionist
  10. Monarchial Triad
  11. Nocturnal Noiselessness
  12. Jehovah Deactivate Blithe Chevaliers
  13. Red Man En Route to Borough
  14. Frozen Precipitation Commence
  15. Proceed and Enlighten on the Pinnacle
  16. The Quadruped with the Vermillion Probiscis
  17. Query Regarding the Identity of Descendant
  18. Delight in This Planet
  19. Give Attention to the Melodious Celestial Beings
  20. The Dozen Festive 24 Hour Intervals
Christmas Trees
Each group gets the same objects in a bag: Wrapping paper, ribbon, tinsel, ornaments, scissors, and tape (Ikea is a great place to get this stuff cheaply). One person is designated to be the tree. The rest decorate. Judge the best looking tree.

'Twas THE Night Before Christmas Gift Exchange
If you are doing a gift exchange, white elephant or otherwise, seat each person in a circle. Have someone read 'Twas THE Night Before Christmas and each time 'THE' is read, the gifts move hands. It gets pretty funny, especially if the reader is a bit animated.

The 12 Days of Christmas: Re-Visited
Each group is given one or two verses (depending on how many groups you have) of the classic carol and they have to come up with a new designation that relates to your city or church or group. The new idea should relate in rhythm to the original. Once people have written their verse, you sing it together, starting with the first day and winding it up to the 12 days of Christmas. Each group should stand when it's their turn to sing.

About the Authors: Doug and Jodi Fondell are ordained ministers in the Evangelical Covenant Church. They served 16.5 years as co-pastors of the Immanuel International Church in Stockholm, Sweden, until December 2014. From 2015-2016 Jodi and Doug were the interim co-pastors at the American International Church - another AICEME congregation - in London, UK. They now reside in Desert Hot Springs, California, USA, while they discern God's call in the next phase of their lives.

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