Topic outline

  • General

    Christmas Across America

    Prayer summit

     

    Reach your community for Christ this Christmas season! A Christmas Party Club is an effective way to celebrate one of the most amazing events in all of history - the birth of Jesus! Hopefully you will get excited about the influence you can have in the lives of children as you seek to carry out Jesus' command to "Go into all the world..." Pray and ask God what He wants you to do with what you will learn in this seminar!

  • Seminar Overview

    Seminar Overview

    Welcome to the Christmas Across America seminar! This seminar consists of video presentations that can be viewed at any time. The Christmas Party Club demonstration video will help you to see the flow of an effective Christmas Party Club. You will see each of the elements of a typical Party Club demonstrated. Apply what you learn from the presentation to the Party Club theme of your choice. Visit CEF Press® online to purchase the "Light of Life" or "The Backwards Birthday Bash" Christmas Party Club kits. There are Christmas songs available, too!

    A video demonstration of the Bible lesson titled "God's Perfect Gift" featured in "The Backwards Birthday Bash" Christmas Party Club kit is included in this seminar.

    Proceed by:

    1) Watching the presentations
    2) Taking notes
    3) Asking God to show you how to share Christ with children this Christmas
    4) Purchasing your evangelistic Party Club kit at CEF Press®.
    • Promotional Videos

      Christmas Across America Promo Videos

      Find out more about Christmas Across America.

      Video presentation #1 (1 minute, 10 seconds): Most children don't know the true meaning of Christmas.  Wouldn't it be great if thousands of unchurched children had a chance to hear how Christmas is part of the great Gospel story? You will find a link below to access the presentation. Feel free to use the controls to move through the presentation at your own pace. Due to the streaming audio and video presentations that will be used to deliver content, a dial-up connection is not suggested.

      Video presentation #2 (1 minute, 8 seconds): When kids think about Christmas, is something missing? Some kids don't know the Person at the center of Christmas. Help a child meet Jesus this Christmas!  You will find a link below to access the presentation. Feel free to use the controls to move through the presentation at your own pace. Due to the streaming audio and video presentations that will be used to deliver content, a dial-up connection is not suggested.

    • Christmas Across America Lesson Demonstration for The Backwards Birthday Bash

      God's Perfect Gift

      In this Bible lesson, you will have the opportunity to "open up" the greatest gift ever given! You will help children to know how this gift of of God was delivered and how they can receive God's perfect gift as their own.

      Listen and watch carefully so you can get helpful ideas of how to teach the Bible Lesson and give a clear Gospel presentation. 

      Try to answer the following questions as you watch:

      • How was the message of salvation taught throughout the lesson?
      • Where was the problem of sin presented and what was taught about sin?
      • Where was the teaching about God presented and what was taught about God's love?
      • Where was the person and work of Christ teaching presented and what was taught?
      • How were the children invited to respond to the message of salvation and receive God's gift of salvation?
      • What verse was used in presenting the Invitation?

      You will also want to notice the links between the applications and story facts within the lesson.  Effective use of links will help the Bible lesson flow smoothly.

      This Bible lesson demonstration is offered as a video presentation (17 min). You will find a link below to access the presentation. Feel free to use the controls to move through the presentation at your own pace. Due to the streaming audio and video presentations that will be used to deliver content, a dial-up connection is not suggested.

    • Party Demonstration

      Christmas Across America Party Demonstration

      We’re so excited you have chosen to teach a Christmas Party Club!  This full party demonstration was recorded in 2015.  Each year there is new curriculum used for Christmas parties, so there will be differences between what you see in the video and what you are using for this year.  Some things mentioned in the video are no longer available, such as Truth Chasers Club starter lessons or Wonderzone.com. Contact your local Child Evangelism Fellowship® chapter for help in planning your Christmas Party Club outreach. 

      Listen and watch carefully so you can get helpful ideas of how to teach and interact with the children at your party.

      Try to answer the following questions as you watch:

      • How is the theme carried throughout the party?
      • How is the memory verse taught?
      • Listen for the message of salvation in the lesson.
      • What was taught about sin in the lesson?
      • What was taught about God's love in the lesson?
      • What was taught about the person and work of Christ in the lesson?
      • How did team members help each other?
      • How were the children encouraged to participate and involved in the teaching?

      You will also want to notice the links between the activities and how they helped the party run smoothly.

      The content for this seminar is offered as a video presentation (59 min). You will find a link below to access the presentation. Feel free to use the controls to move through the presentation at your own pace. Due to the streaming audio and video presentations that will be used to deliver content, a dial-up connection is not suggested.

    • Invitation and Counseling

      Giving an Invitation and Counseling Children for Salvation

      Giving an Invitation and Counseling Children for Salvation (47:08). In this session, you will learn how to give an effective invitation providing an opportunity for the unsaved child to respond to the message of salvation. Next you will be provided with biblical instruction for counseling a child who responds to a Gospel presentation when an invitation is given.

      Before watching this session, download the student notes below. You will want to take additional notes as you listen.

      The content for this seminar is offered as a video presentation. You will find a link below to access the presentation. Feel free to use the controls to move through the presentation at your own pace.
      Due to the streaming audio and video presentations that will be used to deliver content, a dial-up connection is not suggested. 

    • Invitation Demonstration

      Invitation Demonstration

      During this presentation, you will view a demonstration showing how to present an invitation. Before watching the demonstration, download and print the invitation demonstration worksheet. Answer the questions as you view the demonstration. Writing down these observations will help you as you prepare to present an invitation.

    • Counseling Demonstration

      Counseling Demo

      After a clear presentation of the Gospel, an invitation to believe in Christ is given.  Children who want to talk more about believing in Jesus and make that important decision can then meet with the teacher afterward. The counseling demonstration below is a study tool for you to see what this time might look like.

      You will find a link below to access the presentation. Feel free to use the controls to move through the presentation at your own pace. Due to the streaming audio and video presentations that will be used to deliver content, a dial-up connection is not suggested.

    • Wordless Book Training

      Wordless Book Training

      Wordless Book Wordless Book Training is an approximately 42 minute seminar designed to equip you to effectively present the message of salvation to children. You will become familiar with the truths of the message of salvation and how to present them using the Wordless Book. Demonstrations are also provided for you. By the end of the seminar, you will be able to lead children to Christ giving simply and effectively the message of salvation each time God gives you the opportunity!


      CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WORDLESS BOOK TRAINING!

      ALSO AVAILABLE IN SPANISH!

      • Final Thoughts

        Final Thoughts

        We hope these presentations have provided valuable information for you and that you can implement what you have learned right away!

        Feel free to watch these presentations as many times as you would like. If you know of others that would benefit from this information, be sure to send them here as well!

        Thanks for your participation and be sure to check out the other seminars and courses available on CMI Online.

        • Frequently Asked Questions

          Technical FAQs / Help Desk Instructions

          I can't open PDF documents. What should I do?

          These documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader software in order to view them. You can download this software for free online. Follow the instructions to download and install the software. After this process is complete, try to open the file again. If you are still experiencing problems, contact the Help Desk with the specific information outlined below. (Free Download)

          I can't find the document I downloaded to print. What should I do?

          Click on the document link in the course. A dialog box should come up that asks if you want to "Open" or "Save" the file. If you click "Open", the file will open and you can then print the notes directly from there. If you click "Save", a dialog box will open asking you where to save it. Browse your computer's files to locate a folder you can easily access. You can also save the file to the desktop so that it can be found easily. Once you have saved it to the chosen location, browse your computer's files to locate the saved file. Open the file and print it from there.

          The presentation file won't load. What should I do?

          Be sure the play button in the control bar at the bottom left of the presentation screen has been pressed to begin the presentation.

          Depending on the number of students online at a given time, the file may take longer to load. You will know that the presentation is loading by the bar that extends through the middle of the control bar. A shading will progress across this bar showing to what extent the presentation has loaded. Allow several minutes for the presentation to load and try pressing the play button again. (You do not need to wait until the entire presentation has loaded.)

          The presentation file requires the Flash Player plug-in to work correctly. Make sure that you have downloaded this plug-in. Follow the instructions to download and install the software. After this process is complete, try to open the file again. (Free Download Click this link and then click "Agree and install now" in the yellow box.) (Note: If you already have this plug-in, you may at times be prompted to upgrade to a new version of Flash. If prompted to do so, allow the plug-in to update so that it will continue to play the presentation files in the future.)

          Due to the streaming audio and video presentations that will be used to deliver content, a dial-up connection is not suggested. If you are using a dial-up connection, the presentation could take a significant amount of time to load before it will begin to play at all. Allow 10 minutes or longer for the file to load and begin to play.

          The presentation is playing but there is no sound. What should I do?

          The presentation player has a volume control as well as a mute button. Make sure the mute button is off and the volume slide is all the way to the right. If you have external speakers, make sure the speakers are plugged in and turned on with the volume turned up. Computers that have internal speakers like laptops may have a mute button and a volume control to adjust. You can also check your volume control program to make sure the slides are up and the mute is not checked.

          The presentation is not streaming smoothly. It is skipping and is hard to follow and understand. What should I do?

          Sometimes a file requires longer to download depending on its size and how many users are online and accessing the file. Press the pause button of the control bar located at the bottom left of the presentation screen. Wait a few minutes for the file to download and buffer. You will notice a bar moving across from left to right as this takes place. Once the bar advances a good length, play the presentation and it will stream smoothly.

          NOTE: If the presentation catches up to the end of the bar, you might experience the same thing again. If this happens, pause the presentation again and allow the file to download and buffer again.

          If you are unable to resolve the problem you are experiencing with the above tips, please contact the online registrar at onlineregistrar@cefonline.com.