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 season of Advent: books for individuals and families for daily devotion and preparation.
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.
Using an Advent Calendar to mark the days from the First Sunday in Advent through the Nativity can bring a spirit of joy, a moment of calm or a bright spot of reflection in a hectic, secular world.
With a handful of items, you can make a small Advent wreath, perfect for a child's table or desk. Activity for church, Sunday school, or home.
Writing 3-sentence stories offers a new perspective for Christian formation. All ages can participate, in Sunday schools, youth groups, or families.
By incorporating these traditions and rituals, you can lead your household to center of Christmas Eve: welcoming Jesus Christ as savior.
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.
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.
The Festival of Lessons and Carols, like the best holiday traditions, is always the same, yet always new. Plan yours with care; enjoy it with delight! Why…
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.
Does your church offer a Christmas pageant? Whether you worship in a large or small community; lots of kids or just a few - there is an option out there for you. Not all Christmas pageants need to be full-scale productions. In fact, there are many ways to dramatize the Nativity story with a handful of costumes/props and willing set of actors.