Celebrate the Child


ctc-group-text-parchment“One of the most meaningful Christmas programs I’ve seen.”    – Advent Worship Attendee,        St. Paul, MN   This delightfully touching drama is perfect for the Advent/Christmas season. Celebrate the Child blends six different characters, each reflecting on the birth of Christ, with thematically chosen Christmas carols sung by the congregation.

Characters like The Innkeeper, A Village Cantor and Joseph will take your congregation and community on a journey of laughter, wonder, tears, and joy as they share the Christmas story in a fresh and deeply meaningful, very personal way.

Jonathan leads the entire presentation (with your pianist) or he works with you to include your volunteer musicians, children’s elements if you wish. You decide how much or how little your congregation or organization will contribute to the program. Very little work, time or energy is required by your staff or volunteers, yet a deeply-moving experience is had by all.  One pastor called it  “one of our church’s best Christmas programs ever.”

Written by Curt Cloninger and performed with his permission, Celebrate the Child works well for Sunday worship; youth & family events; community organizations and businesses; annual Christmas parties, dinners/teas/banquets; weekend outreach events for the community; fellowship events, dinner theatre or just about any setting where you are looking for a fun, unique and meaningful Christmas celebration.

Celebrate the Child is an amazing, thought-provoking, emotional look at the birth of Jesus. Jonathan performed this drama during our MOPS gathering during the Christmas season last year and it was a huge success. I can’t encourage you more strongly to bring him to your church or event!”   -Tonya Trudo, MOPS Leader, Cedar Rapids, IA

“I have had the opportunity to attend “Celebrate the Child” featuring Jonathan Swenson a couple of times over the last few years. It is an extremely moving and wonderful way to experience the Christmas story and birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Jonathan is gifted at taking the audience to a different time and place and engaging them in this wonderful event that changed our lives. I would highly recommend this for any group. It will be an impactful night for all participants!                                                  – Mark Deterding, Triune Leadership Services, Alexandria, MN

“We have enjoyed the ministry of Jonathan Swenson on numerous occasions. Each time his humor, skill as an actor, love for Jesus and talent has made it a memorable event in the life our parishioners.  It is uncommon at our church to have an unconventional ministry like acting be a solid hit.  But, I get asked frequently to bring Jonathan back for an encore performance.  His messages are true to the spirit of the Gospel and a blessing to all ages.”  – Corey Bjertness, Senior Pastor, First Lutheran, Fargo ND (Host for Celebrate the Child in 2013)

Note: This program tends to get booked quickly for the month of December, so you are encouraged to reserve your date early in the year!


Contact Jonathan Swenson

Email: jonathanpswenson@gmail.com

Phone: 319-431-9934