A Guide to Intentional Christmas Events for Ministry to Women

The twinkle of Christmas lights, the warmth of shared laughter, and the joy of coming together in celebration—this season offers a beautiful opportunity to create intentional and memorable events within your church’s women’s ministry. As we approach the Christmas season, let’s explore how we can plan gatherings that not only reflect the true spirit of Christmas but also foster a sense of community, connection, and lasting moments for truth.

1. Embrace the Spirit of Giving

Christmas is all about giving, and a down-to-earth way to embody this spirit is by organizing a thoughtful gift exchange for specific groups within your community—whether it’s local foster children, single moms, or residents of nursing homes. While many of us look forward to festive parties and family get-togethers, extending that joy to those who might be feeling overlooked can bring warmth to their holiday season. By including these special groups, it feels like an intentional and personal invitation and is a great way to form relationships and connections with others in your community. 

2. Host a Festive DIY Workshop

Tap into the creativity within your group by organizing a festive do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop. Whether it’s crafting personalized ornaments, designing holiday wreaths, or creating handmade Christmas cards, a DIY workshop allows women to express their creativity while enjoying each other’s company. Finish the night with a small reflection and bible lesson on how God has made us as image bearers to reflect his creativity and purposes to a hurting and broken world. It’s a wonderful way to bond, share talents, and leave with tangible mementos of the event that will remind each woman for years to come of who their Creator is and their purpose in this life. 

3. Cultivate Meaningful Conversations

Christmas is a season of reflection and gratitude, and cocoa and conversation is always something that women are up for. Plan an intimate gathering which includes thought-provoking conversation starters or a guided reflection on the true meaning of Christmas. Encourage women to share their favorite holiday traditions, reflect on the past year, and express gratitude for the blessings in their lives. Talk about the hardships that filled the year and how they saw God’s faithfulness. You can make conversation cards to guide women along or you can set the environment with all the goodies, snacks, and background music and leave it to those attending to take it from there (just remember to keep a look out for guests.)

4. Organize a Christmas Brunch & Recipe Swap

A big part of Christmas morning are the sweet treats and casseroles that fill the breakfast table after presents. Make it as fancy or casual as you want with decorated tables and catered food to “Bring Your Own Casserole” with a recipe card to share. Incorporate heartwarming activities where women can share personal stories of faith and Christmas traditions over the delicious food. End your time in prayer together asking the Lord to keep hearts focused on Christ amidst the hustle and bustle.

5. Volunteer Together

Embody the true spirit of Christmas by giving back to the community as a women’s ministry. Plan a day of volunteering at a local shelter, organize a gift-wrapping station for charity, or participate in a community food pantry. Serving together not only strengthens the bonds within the group but also embodies love, generosity, and compassion.

6. Foster a Simple Heart of Worship

This has been my favorite event over the years with my women. Last year we scaled it back and had a time of worship with a guitar, some prayer prompts, and cocoa. The holidays are often crammed with so much on the calendar that a quiet moment to sing, reflect, pray, and read Scripture together was the pause that so many women needed. 

Building Cherished Moments

As we plan intentional and memorable Christmas events for our women’s ministry, let’s remember that the true beauty of the season lies in the connections we forge, the laughter we share, and the memories we create together. Let this Christmas be a time when the women of your church come together around the beauty of Jesus and the hope of Him coming again.

Posted on December 1, 2023

Jacki C. King is a respected and beloved Bible teacher, author, and dedicated ministry leader. Her passion involves guiding women toward a deep love for Jesus and His Word, encouraging them to embrace their mission in their homes, workplaces, and communities. She is the author of "The Calling of Eve: How Women of the Bible Inspire the Women of the Church" (Tyndale 2022). A proud native Texan, Jacki serves alongside her husband Josh, who serves as Lead Pastor of their local church, and their three boys. She holds a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and Ministry to Women from Criswell College, and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Connect with Jacki on Twitter and Instagram at @JackiCKing
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