I think we can all agree that almost everything in 2020 was unexpected, and our Westbrook Kids Christmas Party was no exception. We based our party on our series - Christmas Party, which focused on the unexpected: an unexpected savior, born in an unexpected place, at an unexpected time, with an unexpected invitation.
Our Westbrook kids were encouraged to invite someone such as family, friends, teammates, classmates, or neighbors to our fun-filled Christmas party. We were extremely excited to see the kids show up with their special guests. We kicked off our party with our Westbrook kids performing a Christmas Medley of Joy to the World, The First Noel, Away in a Manger, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas for their guests. Then it was time for some fun!
Instead of walking into a party with lights, tinsel, and Christmas trees, our kids were greeted with palm trees, beach balls, Hawaiian lei's, and sunglasses...how very unexpected. Kids were given a chance to rotate through stations of fun with things like a Beach in a Jar craft, Christmas Bingo, and always a favorite, Christmas-themed Minute to Win It games. Each kid got to take home gifts of sunglasses, a beach ball, lei, candy canes, and a special ornament craft kit to assemble at home.
However, our morning was not just fun and games, nor were those the only gifts we offered. The most important part of our party, with the greatest gift of all, was teaching the kids about Jesus Christ. A baby born in a manger, who was destined to be the Savior of the world. With some added excitement using flash paper, we taught the kids that Jesus is the way to make our past sins disappear and give us a fresh start with God. We prayed together and offered the kids and their guests the greatest gift of all...the gift of salvation.