Trying to prepare a holiday children's program is often a stressful affair for both the youngsters, who worry about memorizing their lines, and for their directors, who tear their hair out trying to make sure everyone attends rehearsals, not to mention coordinating props and costumes. Mel Ann Coley has devised a way to lower the stress for everyone involved while still providing a meaningful experience. Her solution is in the form of a story told by a narrator, with children "acting out" their parts. This frees children from memorizing lines, makes the program very adaptable (it's easy to add or delete characters), and allows for many ages to participate. It's perfect for churches looking for a fun, easy-to-do resource that requires a minimum of rehearsals and few props Mel Ann Coley has developed a Christmas program format that works for these hectic times. A 1,500-member church in Dallas has used her programs most successfully for several years. Plus she delivers an entertaining yet valuable message for the Christmas season.
Diane England, Ph.D.
Children's Church and Youth Education Director
Unity Church of Dallas, Texas Mel Ann Coley
is a magna cum laude graduate of North Texas State University with a B.S. degree in Secondary Education (Speech and English). She currently teaches writing part-time at Richland College and is a freelance writer and editor. She is also the proud mother of two children.