Being Present - The Christmas Experience

The Christmas season can sometimes swirl into a busy, bursting-at-the-seams calendar that has you seeing a lot of friends and family but never really connecting and building your relationships. This Christmas, we want to encourage you to slow down, to remember the true reason for the season, and to Be Present with your friends and family.

The 12 Christmas Experiences in the "Being Present" devotional booklet are intended to draw us into God’s Word and send us out to share the incredible love that was sent to earth in the form of a baby boy. Each experience has a short devotional with some introspective questions for you and your family, along with an action step and suggested practical opportunities to live out the action. For easy sign-up, drop off information or additional insights and ideas, you can click the experience tabs below. 

We hope this booklet helps you take the next step toward truly experiencing Christmas and being present with
the people around you.

download the Being Present Booklet

Experience One
NEED A BREAK?
TAKE THE NIGHT OFF AND LET THE E91 MARRIAGE MINISTRY TEAM CARE FOR YOUR KIDS!

We'll provide pizza, chips, and carrots for dinner and a snack later in the evening. Kids will have a chance to run off their energy with games in the gym, embrace their creativity with arts & crafts time, enjoy board games and puzzles, and cap off the evening with popcorn and a movie.

Saturday, December 2nd
Kids ages infant - 12 years are welcome to attend!
Cost is $5 per child, with a $15 family max.
Dropoff begins at 4 pm, and Pickup before 8 pm

Parent's Night Out

Experience Two

Invite someone to come with you! Bring someone to church one Sunday in December. Help people to feel connected and find community by asking them to sit with you.

Or take advantage of one of these extra opportunities: 


Family Opportunity

Jingle Jam

Young Adults Opportunity:

Young Adult Annual Ugly Sweater Party

Experience Three

Choose a day to fast during lunch and donate your “lunch money” to help pay o Student Lunch debt for needy students at Mary Castle Elementary.

Drop your donation in an envelope marked “Give Up Your Lunch” and put it in the generosity box at the Welcome Center. Spend your lunch hour in God’s Word and praying for the student who is impacted by your generosity.

You can also drop donations in the appropriately labeled Christmas Box at the IMPACT DROP OFF location.

 

Experience Four

Donate new/unused hats, gloves, and scarves for the children and students at Shepherd Community Center. We’ll be collecting donations at E91 at the IMPACT Drop Off area until December 18th.

Experience Five

Light up the block! Everyone loves the glow of beautiful lights and the glitter of ornaments around the holidays. Join us for a night of prayer for our neighbors, as we decorate the entrances of neighborhoods surrounding E91.

Light Up The Block Sign Up

 

Experience Six

Write a card to a first responder and drop it at the IMPACT Drop Off in the appropriately marked box.  Please label according to the department: Fire Department, Police Department, or Emergency Room Staff .

Cards and letters of encouragment need to be turned in no later than December 22nd. 

 

Experience Seven

Write a note of encouragement for the girls at Ascent 121 (an Indy-based safe house for victims of human trafficking from Indiana).


How to talk to your kids about trafficking

For an extra project you can make a craft kit for the girls at Ascent 121. 

Join Ascent 121 and walk through their prayer journey. You can sign up for an opportunities to go on this in-depth prayer and educational opportunity at this link.

Experience Eight

Pay and Pray It Backward. Pick a day to “Pay it Backward” in the Drive ru by paying for the order of the person behind you. Say a prayer for them to experience God’s love this Christmas. (Hint: crack your window to listen to their order to make sure it is within your budget. If not, pray for them and try again next time.)

Experience Nine

Donate Gift Cards (in any amount) for Safe Families (Kroger, Walmart, Target, IndyGo bus pass, movie tickets, Indianapolis Zoo or Children’s Museum). Bring your Girt Cards to the IMPACT Drop O during December and pick up more info on E91 Safe Families.

Learn more about Safe Families here

To join the E91 Safe Families Team contact Tammie Thomas

Experience Ten

Stop by the Community Room at E91 December 3rd, 10th or 17th anytime between 9:30am-12:30pm. Choose a pre-written sentence (or write your own!) to record on video to encourage people in our community, at our church plant in Wilmington, Delaware, or pastors at TCM from all over the world. We’ll compile your sentences to share encouragement with each of these groups!

Encouragement Video Sign Up

Experience Eleven

Join us at E91 on December 21st at 7 PM to go into our neighborhoods and spread holiday cheer by Christmas Caroling! (Bring a smile and a joyful noise, no singing experience needed.)

Christmas Caroling Sign Up

Experience Twelve

Volunteer to serve hot chocolate and co ee at E91 on December 18th from 7 AM - 9:30 AM. We are turning the E91 parking lot into a streamlined hot drink Drive-Thru! Help spread some Christmas cheer the Monday before Christmas is finally here!

Hot Drink Drive-Thru Volunteers Sign Up