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A Modern Christmas Pageant

A Modern Christmas Pageant

Posted December 15, 2011 by Jerod Clark

There is something great about videos where a simple story is told in a new, different and sincere way.  Last year, St. Paul’s Church in Auckland, New Zealand, did this great modern take on kids doing a traditional Christmas pageant. 

This year, they followed up that video with one done in a very similar manner.

There a few things we can learn from these videos that are worth thinking about before we jump into shooting our own video projects.

  • Find a new or interesting perspective.  We all know the stories told in these videos and we may have even heard kids telling them.  But these videos are great because they try to give a visual to what this might look like if kids were in charge of trying to show the stories.  It’s like we’re traveling into their minds.
  • Don’t be afraid to be truly funny.  There are quirky moments in these videos that just make you smile – angry kids slamming the door on Mary and Joseph and kids dressed up like furry sheep.  It’s not forced.  It’s not cheesy.  It’s naturally funny.
  • You can tell a story without using text on the screen.  It’s really popular right now to use a lot of typeface in videos—and that’s not necessarily as bad thing.  (In fact, here’s a Christmas video we like that uses that technique.)  But we always need to analyze the best method for storytelling instead of trying to force ourselves into a particular style.

Filed under: Holidays, Christmas, Video

About the Author

Jerod Clark

Jerod joined ReFrame Media in 2007 and built Church Juice from scratch. He poured all his passion for branding, marketing, and messaging into the ministry, publishing e-books, blog posts, and speaking at conferences to help churches energize their communications. He also served as ReFrame’s in-house graphic designer. Before beginning his work at Church Juice, Jerod was a local TV news reporter. In 2016, Jerod stepped away from the ministry to pursue interests in marketing and communications on new horizons.

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Comments (2)

  • Dan Loewen
    5:38 PM
    Thu, Dec 15, 2011

    Thanks for posting this… I’m inspired for next year!  I love that you also eliminate the issue of which kids can be there on Christmas Eve or parents who can’t quite see their kids from the back pew, etc.  now on video you can highlight all the kids and parents can have the video as a memory/keepsake etc.

  • Fatima
    7:02 PM
    Wed, Feb 22, 2012

    I can remember being in sunday school  and practicing for Christmas Pageants as a youngster. My, how things have changed! It’s great to see the joy on the kids’ faces as they spread the message through their videos. I bet the fun nature of the activity taught them a lot about the good news. Surely, these will be videos they watch as they get older, and eventually pass down to their own children.

    PS. Best character in the first video is the donkey! That actor deserves an award!

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