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.
Create an Advent playlist of the hopeful, expectant music of the season. Collaborate on the list, listen while you prepare for the season, or belt out favorites in the car on your way back to church!
Advent hymns teach the season's lessons of expectation and preparation with tunes that stick and lyrics that connect our lives to Scriptural themes.
With a handful of items, you or our church can make a small Advent wreath, perfect for a bedside table or desk. Truly an object of devotion for the season.
Books for adults and children help us prepare for Advent and Christmas, at home and in worship.
With a multitude of options, you are sure to find something for individuals, households, or congregations. Here's to Advent and Christmas 2016.
Forward Movement offers resources for the 2016 season of Advent: books for individuals and families for daily devotion and preparation.
Many Christian households light Advent wreath candles in the home. Prayers at this time can deepen spirituality and bind the household together in new ways.
Faith building resources that put joyful Advent preparation into the hands of families, wherever they are.
The Brothers at SSJE have collected their prayers and meditations for Advent 2015. Use #adventword to pray with the world using social media.
CandlePress offers four-week Advent prayer spirals for all ages, with discussion starters and ideas to carry scripture through the week.
Jesse Tree readings and ornaments become the basis for Old Testament Sunday school and an Advent skit.
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.
Many churches light Advent wreath candles in Advent. While there is no official custom or prayers, here is scripture/liturgy/prayers you can use or adapt.
Step-by-step guide for making Advent wreaths as part of an intergenerational church gathering. Practical tips, tricks, and advice.
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.
Help children prepare for the birth of Jesus with this fun Advent song. "Baby’s a -coming, oh yeah..."
For those familiar with Godly Play, the lesson for Advent 1 is Prophets Show the Way to Bethlehem. Here is an easy song to match the lesson.
Something for everyone. Nourishment for spirits of all ages. Perhaps not the quiet and contemplative Advent event I thought I should offer (and, subsequently, that they should want), but what they actually need, want, and will appreciate.