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Youth Christmas


Submit either a video or an audio-only recording of your child(ren) reading the Christmas Gospel text as it is written below.

      • Important: By submitting a video recording, you are giving consent to have your child/family appear in the final product of the video that will be shown in worship services, and may be distributed online through our church streaming services and social media. If you do not wish to appear in the final video, please submit an audio-only recording instead.

Tips for Recording: 

  • Please make sure your audio is as clear as possible – try to record in a quiet place indoors with as little background noise as possible (e.g., loud fans, barking dogs, etc.)
  • If you are recording a video, please record in landscape mode (horizontally) in a well lit space. Make sure you are close enough to the person speaking that the audio is clear and at a decent volume. 
  • Help your child try to speak slowly and enunciate as best as possible. If there are tricky words they might struggle to pronounce, practice reading through the verses with them a few times before you record. You could even read a line and have them repeat it after you, and we will edit out you speaking after you submit it!

Please share your recordings with Pastor Meyer (jmeyer@hcross.com) through Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive. If you are unsure how to do this, click the links below for help!

If you are having trouble sending your video contact us and we will give you further instructions.

Some FAQ…

Why are we doing this?

  • The primary goal of our children’s Christmas programs has always been to provide an opportunity for our kids to learn to tell the story, and to have this most precious part of our community front and center, telling the most important truth at our busiest time. Though our presentation format may look a little different this year, the message of peace and hope brought to earth through our Savior’s birth remains the same.

Who is eligible to send in recordings?

  • All children and youth, preschool through college-age.

How much of the passage should they read?

  • You can have your child read through the whole thing, or just part of it, if they’d prefer. We ask that you try to do at least two or three full verses at the minimum.

If I have more than one child, should they read the verses together (in unison)?

  • No, please record each child reading separately. They can both read the same passage, or even alternate verses back and forth — just not speaking at the same time. You can submit the recordings together or separately.

What to Read: The Gospel Story

Matthew 1:18-23

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:  ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel,’ which means, God with us.”

Luke 2:1-20

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”
“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us. And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”


Email DCE Intern Dana or Pastor Meyer with any questions! Thanks!