Each year at Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene, a gift catalog is the start of an all-out conspiracy. To encourage the church's kids to embrace the Advent Conspiracy, student ministries pastor, Adrian Mills, and his wife, Lauren, dreamed up a selection of DIY gifts that would help turn hearts from consumerism to Christ—still giving gifts, but those created by hand with love. Then kids can consider donating the money saved toward a greater cause—like clean water!
Here's how it works, straight from Lauren's blog:
The night of the DIY event, kids rotate through different craft stations and choose where to spend a small amount to cover supplies, generally between $2 to $4 per gift—like handmade ornaments, tea cup candles, chalkboard mugs, and decorative frames. The conspiratorial craft night began just with student ministries in mind, but Lauren says the whole church is involved now!
"It's really neat to see families, kids, and teens all come and choose to handmake their gifts in order to spend less and give more in other ways," she said.
So how could your church get crafty? Find some ideas on our Pinterest board and see if you can encourage some handmade gifts in these last few days before Christmas—gifts made with love that will help demonstrate God's love through clean water!