The Season of Advent
Each day of Advent will have a word, such as Awaken or Trust. Participants pray over that word, and then respond with an image on Facebook, Twitter, or IG.
One Advent Sunday, in place of the sermon, prayer stations are set up throughout the church for all ages to engage Advent in multiple ways.
A Reverse Advent Calendar encourages households to think about others’ needs during the season of giving. One congregation comes together to reach out to their community.
We begin the season of Advent on November 30th this year. The first Sunday of Advent is also the first Sunday of a new church year. It marks the end of the old church year and the beginning of the new. The last day of Advent is always December 24th. The word advent comes from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival.” In Advent we are waiting for the coming of the birth of Christ. In our own lives, Advent can be a special time of learning to wait, slowing down, and preparing for the birth of Christ.
Four children stand on a floor-wreath and pretend to be Advent candles. Wearing colored capes with bright yellow hoods, they “light” one candle each week.
Part reflection, part intentional activity, Sybil MacBeth’s new book, The Season of the Nativity, offers readers the opportunity to experience the church seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany as a whole.