A Christmas Eve Church Service on Altar Live

A Christmas Eve church service is the perfect event to hold on Altar Live. Having your service on Altar will allow you to gather your people together no matter where they are. 

Maeve Brooks

December 8, 2021

The Holiday season is officially here! It’s time to deck the halls, trim the tree, and plan for all the festivities this season has to offer. We want this Christmas season to be as joyful and stress-free as it can possibly be. So why not take this opportunity to offer your community a new way to engage with your church online? Altar Live is the perfect place to keep your attendees engaged, connected, and active during your Christmas Eve church service. 

But first, let's ask the question:

Why have a Christmas Eve Church Service on Altar Live? 

We all know the Christmas Eve service is a big deal. It’s the night before Christmas! The excitement is palpable and people are more open and invested into what churches have to offer. In this new digital age, an online church service is not a backup plan, it is THE plan. It is a way to gather in worship and true community while expanding your reach. Christmas is a time for community and now we have the ability to gather together wherever we are! Why not take advantage of that? 

Altar Live offers video conference software, consulting & training for your growing online church. So attendees will feel just as connected as if attending in-person. On Altar Live you can truly be with one another in watch parties, tables, and rooms. We can be with each other face to face. Altar Live is the perfect for a Christmas Eve church service so loved ones can come together no matter their location. 


Let’s start planning! 


Pick a Format 

For your Christmas Eve church service, it’s incredibly important to choose a format. Start by figuring out how you want to structure the service. With online church services, you have a lot of freedom to mix it up and incorporate more participation with the congregation. Do you want your service to be fully online? A mix of in-person and online? A pre-recorded service or live? There really is no wrong way to do it. Altar Live can do it all. 

Build Your Team 

Team work makes the dream work! Once you’ve chosen a format for your Christmas Eve church service, it’s time to assemble your team. On Altar Live Hosts and Greeters are the life source to an event. Your team will facilitate, answer questions, start discussions, monitor the chat, and make your service run smoothly. It might be helpful to take the time and have a Christmas Eve service training session for your hospitality team. Need help creating your team? Check out our tutorial video series and this article.

Plan Your Service 

Okay, you’ve chosen a format and now it’s time for the fun part: planning the service. We’re all familiar with the long awaited Christmas Eve church service. But you may be wondering: can everything be accomplished online? The answer is YES, but you may have to get creative. Don’t worry we’ll walk you through some ideas: 


The Candlelight Service 

Candles? Online? Is it even possible? On Altar Live it is! In every Altar Event, each attendee has the option to take a seat in a row where they can join a watch party. These rows allow people to connect, chat, and be in fellowship together during the service. Learn about them here. During your candlelit Christmas Eve church service, encourage each row to turn their camera on, turn their lights off, and light a candle. Each row will have their own little row of candle light. 


The Carol Sing 

Most online church platforms make it impossible for the congregation to sing together. People may be singing along on the other side of the screen, but how would you know? This Christmas, you can use Altar Live to make the beloved carol sing actually happen! 

While the worship band sings on the screen, encourage each row to turn on their microphone and join in song together. Don’t worry if you sing off key or say the wrong words! This is a time to celebrate and worship together. Come as you are. 


Prayer & Contemplation  

The Christmas season is not all sugar plums and gingerbread houses. In fact, this season can be really tough. It’s a season of anticipation, stress, and grief. It may bring up some difficult memories for people. As a community we really want to honor that and give people the space they need to pray and contemplate. 

During your Christmas Eve church service or even before that, don’t hesitate to set aside time for prayer and contemplation. People can pray together in their rows, or have people submit anonymous prayer requests to put on slides to show during the service. 


Spread the Word

The countdown to your Christmas Eve church service has begun! Tell your team to spread the word. Encourage your community to invite friends and family. The more the merrier on Altar Live! 

Final thoughts 

This Christmas, you can make your online services unforgettable. With Altar Live you can really have a sense of community with your loved ones no matter where they are. 


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