Welcome to your December date

Are your Christmas lights up yet? Your tree? Hopefully you haven’t made a gingerbread house yet because that’s coming in this date! Before December gets too busy, set aside some time for your honey. All the details for a special holiday date night are prepped and ready for you below.

Set the Mood, Set the Music

Unwrap a candy cane and unwind to these chill Christmastime favorites for this month’s Christ Chapel date night! Listen to our curated Spotify playlist “Date Nights – December Romance.”

Set the Mood, Set the Music

Unwrap a candy cane and unwind to these chill Christmastime favorites for this month’s Christ Chapel date night! Listen to our curated Spotify playlist “Date Nights – December Romance.”

Part 1: That Gingerbread Feeling

This is a moment we’ve been waiting for all year! We want to see your gingerbread house-making chops as you create and decorate a gingerbread house together. As you construct your shelter, we’re really interested in your creativity in the following three categories:

  1. Overall design – Either its ability to stand up like a house, or your interpretation of “house”
  2. Use of materials. When it comes to gingerbread houses, we say the more the merrier!
  3. Metaphors that you can make comparing your gingerbread creation to your relationship. We’re all a little cracked or smooshed here and there, so no perfect houses please! What parallels can you make between the house you’re creating and your relationship?

We want to see your masterpiece so PLEASE share your finished product with us! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook (@christchapelbiblechurch) when you post about your creation and this date night.

Tips: Feel free to use a pre-made kit, but in case you’re ready to go old school, here’s a quick reminder of how to use graham crackers and powdered sugar to make a gingerbread house: https://youtu.be/XnIkIrZTWfs

Part 2: Cook Something Together

Since you’ve already spent part of your date licking frosting off of your fingers, tonight’s menu is a simple dish. Feel free to toss in some sausage or steak, or keep it as simple as this … 

Ravioli with Burst Tomatoes and Mascarpone 
Total prep and cook time: only about 15 minutes!

  • 3 to 6 quart pot (for boiling pasta) 
  • Half sheet pan or jelly roll pan that’s about 10 x 15 inches 
  • 1 (24-oz.) package cheese-filled ravioli of your choosing (can be fresh or frozen) 
  • 3 pt. assorted grape tomatoes (about 2 dozen) 
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese (if you can’t find it, try substituting 6 oz. cream cheese blended with 2 oz. heavy cream) 
  • 1/2 cup assorted fresh herbs (such as chopped parsley and torn basil pieces) 
  1. Preheat broiler with oven rack 4 to 5 inches from heat. Fill your pot with water and place on stove to boil. Prepare pasta according to package directions. 
  2. Meanwhile, mix together tomatoes, garlic and olive oil directly in your sheet pan. Broil 5 to 8 minutes, or until tomatoes are charred, stirring halfway through.
  3. Transfer tomato mixture to a large bowl. Stir in butter, next three ingredients, and 1/4 cup fresh herbs. Spoon over hot cooked ravioli; dollop with cheese. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup fresh herbs. Serve immediately. 

This recipe was adapted from Southern Living’s Pasta with Burst Tomatoes and Mascarpone recipe. 

Part 3: It’s time for some intentional conversation.

If you’ve ever bought a house, you know there are usually a few surprises you don’t discover until long after closing day. The problems under the floors or inside the walls were always there, but you didn’t notice them until you hung that picture or changed out that ceiling fan. 

We joked earlier about your gingerbread house being a metaphor for your relationship, but we also know there’s bound to be some truth behind the laughter that ensued when one of your cookie walls fell down or the icing leaked everywhere. Use these conversation starters as a safe and light way to talk about some hidden or potentially heavy things in your relationship:

  • What about the gingerbread house we just made is a metaphor for our relationship? 
    1. First list some funny observations. 
    2. Now talk about some of the serious implications of what you just listed. 
  • What “renovations” do we need to make in our relationship? 
  • Are there any “rooms” in our house that aren’t used enough? 
  • What “tasty” or “sweet” things do you want to keep from falling off as the years go by? 
  • Talk about a practical way you can accomplish some of the major things you just talked about. Do you need some help making a plan? 




There are several “peace promises” in the Bible. For this date we want you to pray three of them over each other. Read each passage aloud and then pray together. (We’ve included some examples for how to talk to God about each of these.)

  1. 1 Peter 5:6-7 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
    Prayer idea: Talk to God about the things you are anxious about. Admit that you are not God and that you are trying to trust Him. Ask God to help you understand the ways He is caring for you.
  2. Isaiah 41:10 says, “… fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
    Prayer idea: God has given His people a spirit of love, power and self-control, so practice speaking boldly to God about the things you are afraid of. He will shoulder those fears for you. Ask Him to give you the strength you need in this season.
  3. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
    Prayer idea: Talk openly to God about what you really want. Be humble, though, and express a willingness to be content in your current circumstances.

Take turns affirming what the other person prayed. Ask God to help you be a better partner as you both strive for peace in a busy season. (Be careful not to pray for your partner to change. Talk to God about your own heart’s willingness to change and be a better Christ-follower and spouse.)

Is there anything you’d like to share?

We’d love to hear from you and be there for you as you continue to grow your marriage. Here’s a link to an anonymous survey so we can understand what needs you might have, what challenges you’re facing and how we can help.

feeling Overwhelmed?

Desire more peace in your life? We all feel it at times—life comes at us at lightning speed from a hundred directions. The demands, duties and deadlines won’t let up. And apparently, some people are able to float above it all with a peace that transcends all understanding. (Really?) Come explore what it looks like to deal with fear, stress and anxiety in a way that works for the rest of us who don’t always feel so spiritual.

Need some help?

If you want to work through anything this date brought up, we’re here for you!

Give the gift of re|engage this Christmas! 2020 has brought no shortage of challenges and tension to our relationships. If you’d like to spend the first part of 2021 giving your marriage some love and care, join us at re|engage.

Click here to learn more about the experience and register.

The Christmas Story

When we hear the Christmas story we’re reminded of the miraculous birth of Christ. But God wants us to be sure and know the rest of the story. God had a purpose for sending His Son into our world. He came to be our Savior, just as the angel announced to the shepherds. But why do we need a Savior if we try to be good?

The answer is that God is perfect and holy and no matter hard we try, we are not. But God still wants a relationship with us. So He sent Jesus into the world to offer a way for sinners to have a relationship with a holy God. God placed our sins on His sinless Son on the cross, so that we might be forgiven and become a child of God. When God raised Jesus from the dead, He paved a way for us to come to God as well.

Romans 10:9 tells us that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Jesus is the greatest Christmas gift ever given.

MSM Meeting Times

MSM families, we miss you guys! We are determined to stick together as one big MSM ministry. Be sure to check out everything happening online. We are here for you guys!

Campus Day Time Location
Fort Worth
5 p.m.

Host Home

6 p.m.

Host Home

6 p.m.


3701 Birchman Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76107




3910 E. i-20 Frontage Rd. S.,
Willow Park, TX 76087




428 SW Johnson Ave.
Burleson, TX 76028







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5+6 families, we miss you guys! We are determined to stick together as one big 5+6 ministry. Be sure to check out everything happening online. We are here for you guys!

Campus Day Time Location
Fort Worth


4:30 p.m.


1:30-2:45 p.m.


5-6:15 p.m.

HSM Meeting Times

HSM families, we miss you guys! We are determined to stick together as one big HSM ministry. Be sure to check out everything happening online. We are here for you guys!

Campus Day Time Location
Fort Worth


6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Host Home



6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Host Home



6-8 p.m.

*Every the 3rd Wednesday of the month, West campus meets at Worship Center

What is Christmas … Really?

The Christmas season is full of stories. There are favorite movies like “White Christmas,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Elf,” Santa Claus and reindeer, and lots of traditions that go back many, many years. All of these stories share messages of hope and cheer, good news and happy days, giving and serving — and they all encourage us to look forward to a bright future.

The reason that all of these stories have similar themes is because in one way or another, they are all a reflection of the very first Christmas story — the true, real life one that happened two thousand years ago in a small rural town called Bethlehem. (The story is told throughout the Bible, but if you’ve never read it for yourself, a great place to start is Luke 2.)

The date was sometime between 3 B.C. and 6 B.C. in Israel. The Roman Empire, which controlled the region at that time, was requiring that everyone return to their hometown so that they could complete a census.

There was an engaged couple who were among the many people who had to travel home to complete their part of this census. The couple, a man named Joseph and a woman named Mary, were not well-known or uber successful. They were regular people who lived in a small town. Because they were engaged, they headed together to Joseph’s hometown, Bethlehem.

As Israelites, both Mary and Joseph had grown up learning the history of their people through the Scriptures. Israel was a very small nation surrounded by great world powers – and yet, God had always protected their people. In fact, God, had promised that a savior would one day come and save them. No one knew when that would happen, but generation after generation, the people of Israel waited with hope for that day.

Months before Joseph and Mary set off on their journey to Bethlehem for the census, one of God’s angels appeared to Mary with a very surprising message. He showed up out of nowhere one day to tell her that God was not only pleased with her, but had chosen her to be the mother of the savior that everyone had been waiting for! And while that may have been a great honor to Mary, she was confused about how that could happen because she was most definitely a virgin. The angel told her that through the power of God, she would become pregnant. This baby was God’s Son and He was to be named Jesus because He would one day save His people. And because Mary had grown up knowing these future promises of God, she believed the angel.

Months later and nearing her due date, Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem for the census. Because so many people had come to town for the very same reason, there was no room available at the town’s inn. Now in labor, the only option the couple could find for a place to stay and have the baby was in the inn’s stable. So there, in a cave among the animals, the long-promised and long-awaited savior, Jesus, was born.

A few miles from that stable, a group of shepherds was laying out in a field. It was night and they were there to make sure that their flock was not harmed or picked off by animals or thieves. All of a sudden and out of nowhere, an angel appeared in the sky above them. Shocked by the angel, they were completely terrified, but the angel quickly told them that they had no reason to be afraid. In fact, they were about to receive some of the best news ever: that very night, a savior, THE Savior that they had been waiting for, had been born. The angel told them where they could find this baby and in excitement they got up and ran to find Him.

And it was just as the angel had told them: the baby was in a manger, wrapped in strips of cloth, a fulfillment of God’s great promise to them. After seeing the baby, the shepherds told everyone they met that God had indeed kept His promise and sent their Savior.

That Savior, Jesus, grew up and as God’s Son, one day gave His life for the whole world. Only a true Savior could do this — and because Jesus was the Chosen One sent by God — He could. He was crucified by the Roman government, died and laid dead in a tomb for three days. Then, by the power of God, He came back to life. Many people witnessed His death and then saw Him alive again.

Jesus, having come from God and entered human history as a baby, grew up and fulfilled the promise of being a Savior. Through His death, every person on earth can be saved and can know God personally. Because of Jesus, every person can have hope and cheer, good news and happy days, can look forward to a bright future. Through a relationship with Jesus, we can live the great joy of Christmas every day. That is what Christmas is really about.

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Day Time Location
10 30 a.m.

Common Grounds

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6 p.m.

Christmas Gift Tags

Looking for the perfect finishing touch for the gifts under your Christmas tree? Download our custom gift tags! Just click the “Download” button below and pick your favorites to use. Whether you decide to write a note or fill in the “To” and “From” blanks, we recommend using permanent or metallic markers.

Here are a few tips for printing the labels:
Planning to tie the tags to your gifts? Download the PDF and print the pages you need on white card stock. After printing, trim each tag to size with scissors, then punch a hole at the top, thread your ribbon, yarn or twine through it and attach the tag to your gift.

Want to skip the ribbon and turn the tags into labels? Easy peasy! Print on 8.5” x 11” full-sheet label paper, then trim each tag to size and you’ve got gift labels! (Printing Tip: For best results, make sure you’re printing at 100% scale, or “actual size.” )

Merry Christmas, and happy gift giving!

9 Socially Distant Things to do This Christmas

Holly, jolly and socially distant, that’s the name of the game this Christmas season. We’ve rounded up some places in our community where you can go and safely continue favorite holiday traditions, along with a few ideas for making the most of the season at home with your family or roommates. Here’s to celebrating this year … maybe, especially this year. 

Drive-Through Holiday Lights 
This is the year for drive-through holiday light displays! Really, could they be any more perfect? There’s no getting out of the car required and plenty of dazzling holiday lights to see. Luckily, you can have your pick based upon where you live and how far you want to drive. There’s Radiance in Weatherford, Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway, Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie and Christmastime in Texas located in Joshua. 

Walk-Through Holiday Lights 
There are several places in the Metroplex where you can enjoy incredible light displays while keeping to the outdoors. Luminova at Globe Life Field is keeping crowds at a limited capacity so that you have space to wander through its three million lights of creative holiday landscapes. And don’t forget about The Modern Lights in Fort Worth! You can walk the grounds of The Modern off of University Drive and 7th Street after sunset and take in the incredible feat they’ve accomplished of wrapping every limb of every tree surrounding the museum. 

Holiday in the Garden 
On Saturday, Dec. 12, Christmas is coming to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden with Holiday in the Garden. There will be food trucks and live music (including the Fort Worth Opera who will be delivering strolling performances throughout the garden), an artisan market and a Christmas tree farm. It looks like an ideal day in Fort Worth for Christmas! 

Watch The Nutcracker from home 
This year instead of heading downtown to Bass Hall, you can take in the incredible leaps, spins and tricks of the Texas Ballet Theater from home! They will be streaming performances of The Nutcracker December 14-26. Sorry, no precipitation comes with the purchase of your tickets — you’ll have to find your own way for snow to magically fall from the ceiling … just like in Bass Hall! 

Panther Island Ice 
Panther Island Ice, Fort Worth’s outdoor skating rink, is open with limited capacity this year for all your Christmas-skating dreams come true. Reserving space for your group ahead of time is required, so make sure to plan out when you want to go this year. 

Coyote Drive-In 
The beloved drive-in theater is a great way to watch a holiday movie safely with others. Plan an outing with friends and park next to each other — you’ll still be watching together, but from your own car/bubble of space. You’ll want to check the theater’s website for updated showings. They play Christmas movies throughout the season. 

I Love Christmas Movies at Gaylord Texan 
Do you love classic Christmas movies? Then you may want to check out the Gaylord Texan’s new immersive Christmas experience. The exhibit, appropriately dubbed I Love Christmas Movies, has recreated famous movie scenes from the likes of Elf, The Polar Express, A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation that you can step right into and enjoy. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed throughout the experience. 

Go big at home 
What if you make this Christmas extra festive at home? You could make a plan for a special service project every week or a schedule of holiday recipes to try out. You could order Christmas pajamas for your whole crew, hang twinkle lights everywhere or have a virtual ugly Christmas sweater contest with your family over Zoom by using your leftover wrapping, bows, ribbon and such. 

Christmas Eve at Christ Chapel’s Internet Campus 
Are you looking for a way to celebrate on Christmas Eve? Christ Chapel’s Internet Campus is streaming services all afternoon and evening. You’ll get to mark the holiday with a community of friends, sing some holly jolly holiday songs and hear an encouraging message to send you off into Christmas Day. Plan to join us at live.ccbcfamily.org. 

Holiday Bucket List

While you’re spending more time at home this holiday season, why not make a holiday bucket list for those long winter nights and weekends? Click below to download a bucket list. 

Here are a few ideas to get you started: bake cinnamon rolls for neighbors, watch a favorite holiday movie, write and mail notes to family members you won’t be seeing over Christmas, go to a Christmas Eve service, make paper snowflakes. 

Holiday Scenes

Leave it to the internet to create some seriously delightful holiday scenes to play in the background of your day! While you’re busy at home working, cooking, helping your kids with school or just hanging out, any of these scenes are sure to bring some cheer and probably a few chuckles. 

Classic Yule Log: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LssTi4X8jY 
Beach Bonfire (for anyone missing the beach this year): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wesLXOzom24

Snow-covered Mountain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V37Q3l6AFAU

Sleigh Ride with Real Reindeer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dHETOyiE6U 

Log Cabin with Crackling Fire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9caj-VdGzM

Christmas Village with Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjMLWXOK_vM

Captain America’s 1940s Living Room: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBi29OnappU&feature=emb_title

Cat Riding a Roomba: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Xkt1E7PJY&feature=emb_title

8-Bit Yule Log: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSO-iitdc2k

Snowy Train Ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=facDr2lTAUM

Hulu Holiday Scenes: You’ll need a Hulu subscription to stream these, but Hulu has amassed a small army of holiday scenes to bring delight your way. Their collection includes a Gingerbread Home Remodel, a thrilling Thermostat War (a must-watch if you’ve ever worked in an office setting), a Puppy White Elephant Party and a Sap Story (yes, that’s sap falling out of a tree — it’s riveting and oh-so-soothing). Just look for the “Holiday” tab the next time you open Hulu.