2019 Unwrap Christmas Event Grants

Get ready for your Unwrap Christmas event!

United Methodist Communications is excited to work with your congregation as you reach out to the community with invitational messages, acts of love and encouraging words.

Let's get started by:


1. Identifying the key audience for outreach

2. Launching detailed planning steps

3. Tuning in to training


Who is your audience?


Spiritual seekers. These individuals are characterized as people who are not currently active in the life of a local church, who are searching for opportunities for connection to others in their community, and who are thirsting to find deeper meaning in their daily lives. Spiritual seekers are in every community around the world. You can learn more about them through our research!

Reaching out to spiritual seekers with warm invitations is the first step in connecting with them, hoping that they will visit your church to check out a worship service, event, etc.


Plan & promote


Get set for a successful Unwrap Christmas event by downloading our event Planning Guide that outlines:

• How to plan an effective outreach event

• Volunteer recruitment tips and internal communication tools

• ideas for using grant-provided customized outreach resources and promotional tools

• Awareness-building tips and templates (social media and publicity)


Tune in to live training session


Discover more tips, best practices and details about making your event successful during a special Unwrap the True Meaning of Christmas training opportunity. Watch for information about a Facebook Live/ResourceUMC event featuring a roundtable discussion with experts in local church marketing and spiritual seeker outreach  You’ll even have a chance to ask questions!


Extend your grant into 2020


A bonus grant opportunity is available to churches who go an extra step with their outreach event. Churches will qualify if they encourage 50 spiritual seekers to sign up for Compass (the spiritual seeker e-newsletter published by United Methodist Communications) and complete a detailed post-event survey. Interested? Find out more by emailing Patty DelliBovi at


We’re here to help


Thank you for partnering with us. We pray that this event is a blessing to your church through the creation of new connections with individuals and families in the community. We are grateful for your ministry.

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