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Christmas Eve 2020

How to be a part of the virtual worship service!

This year’s Christmas Eve service will be virtual, but we want it to be unique and participatory. That’s where you come in – we have lots of ways that St. Andrew members can be a part of this service. From short videos and pictures to congregational singing, this year’s Christmas Eve service will be filled with images and sounds of our church.

We can’t meet together, but we can see and hear each other at Christmas Eve this year from the comfort and safety of our homes.

Virtual Congregation Singing: WE NEED EVERYONE!

Can you imagine how rewarding it will be to hear our members sing together in our virtual Christmas Eve service this year? We are creating a "virtual congregation" recording of "O Come, All Ye Faithful." Recordings of individual singers will be compiled to create a virtual congregation.

That's where you come in: we need all St. Andrew members to do something uncomfortable -- record yourself singing so Brian can combine everyone together into a singing "virtual congregation."

Full instructions are at www.SaintAndrewMusic.com. We need everyone to submit this recording -- even if you don't think you are a great singer!

Follow instructions and submit your recording by midnight on Friday, December 18. The earlier the better!

Candle Lighting Videos

These videos will be played silently as a soloist sings “Silent Night” at the end of the service.

  1. Put your phone on its side (landscape), not up-and-down (portrait).

  2. Try to include your fireplace, Christmas tree, etc. Or, if not that, as plain of a background as possible. Avoid ceiling fans in the video!

  3. Video record you and your family lighting a candle in your home.

  4. After you push record, be still, smile, and look at the camera for 3-5 seconds. After you’ve lit the candle, do the same. We’ll trim this out for the final product, but these still times make the transitions between videos look better.

  5. Email videos to brussell@saintandrewchurch by midnight on Friday, December 18. The earlier the better!

Merry Christmas Signs Videos

These videos will be played silently during one of the hymns sung in the service.

  1. Put your phone on its side (landscape), not up-and-down (portrait).

  2. Try to include your fireplace, Christmas tree, etc. Or, if not that, as plain of a background as possible. Avoid ceiling fans in the video!

  3. Video record you and your family holding home-made signs celebrating Christ’s birth. Ideas for signs: Noel; Merry Christmas; He is Born; Behold Thy King; Quote a scripture; Christ is the Light.

  4. After you push record, be still, smile, and look at the camera for 3-5 seconds. Then hold up your sign and do the same. We’ll trim this out for the final product, but these still times make the transitions between videos look better.

  5. Email videos to brussell@saintandrewchurch by midnight on Friday, December 18. The earlier the better!

Kids Having Fun Videos

These videos will be played silently as the children’s choir sings “Go Tell It On the Mountain” before the reading of the Gospel.

  1. Put your phone on its side (landscape), not up-and-down (portrait).

  2. Try to include your fireplace, Christmas tree, etc. Or, if not that, as plain of a background as possible. Avoid ceiling fans in the video!

  3. Video kids in your family having fun around the Christmas tree. Running; jumping. Laughing. Holding more signs? Hugging. Parents – capture the innocence and happiness of children anyway you want. We want to illicit laughs and smiles from those who watch the service.

  4. After you push record, be still, smile, and look at the camera for 3-5 seconds. After your kids have jumped around for a bit, do the same.We’ll trim this out for the final product, but these still times make the transitions between videos look better.

  5. Email videos to brussell@saintandrewchurch by midnight on Friday, December 18. The earlier the better!

Drawings

Drawings of Bethlehem, Baby Jesus, and the Nativity will be shown over the reading of the Gospel. These can range from scribbles to super-fancy-drawings; you may go simple and use a coloring sheet or go fancy and make up a craft project!

Here are a couple of Pinterest boards with images to inspire your drawings, how-to- draw guides, and some coloring pages:     Bethlehem | Baby Jesus

Drawings can be uploaded using this link by midnight on Friday, December 18. The earlier the better!