Our church has one younger kid (Mateo), but thanks to the time intensive planning of Ester, our church president -(who also doubles as Mateo’s mom)- we had a Christmas school. We had fairly good attendance! One of our church members brought her granddaughter, her granddaughter’s friends, and some neighbors. Mateo brought some friends from school, and Ester invited some of her coworker’s kids to come. It was essentially set up like a VBS or typical Sunday School in the states. We met 8 nights for 3 hours each time. We played games, had bible study, learned a song, and made crafts, T-shirts, christmas cards and gingerbread cookies.
December 21st was our last day of “Escuela de la Navidad” and we had a Christmas service. I was really happy to have a Christmas service. For awhile, we were not sure if we were going to have one since our congregation of 6 families is without a pastor. However, a pastor and two teenagers from the nearby province of Misiones drove 5 hours to celebrate with us. The kids from the Christmas school sang and danced to the song that we practiced. A lot of their parents came. It was nice to meet new people and share the evening with them. One of the moms got my number so that she can invite me to go with her and her kids when they go to the costanera (riverfront) to hang out. -The mom’s name is Macarena which is essentially the coolest name ever.
The fact that we almost didn’t have a worship service made me realize what a tremendous gift it is to be able to gather together in community and celebrate the birth of Jesus. It is not something I have ever needed to think about prior to this year since Christmas services have always been such a mainstay of my Christmas season. I am so thankful for my community of faith here!
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” -Matthew 8:20
Also, side note: I was overjoyed to have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas OUTSIDE! And by a MANGO TREE that had ripe, juicy, big mangos. That was way cool.