Posts Tagged ‘Advent’

Reverse Advent: A Spiritual Discipline of Reaching Out

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.

A Gift to Yourself: Make an Advent Playlist

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!

Teaching Advent, with Hymns!

Advent hymns teach the season’s lessons of expectation and preparation with tunes that stick and lyrics that connect our lives to Scriptural themes.

#AdventWord: Daily Inspiration for Advent

Adventword is a global, visual daily prayer that everyone can participate in. Daily emails include a new adventword and a short devotional. Respond with your own image on social media.

Building Faith Does Advent: 9 Helpful Posts

A collection of Building Faith’s Advent posts, including activities for the congregation, the classroom, and the home, from wreaths to calendars to prayers. Advent is a season of preparation and anticipation, these posts aim to help.

The 99¢ Advent Wreath

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.

Advent and Christmas Resources (Church Publishing)

Books for adults and children help us prepare for Advent and Christmas, at home and in worship.

Advent and Christmas Resources (Paraclete Press)

With a multitude of options, you are sure to find something for individuals, households, or congregations. Here’s to Advent and Christmas 2016.

Advent Books and Resources (Forward Movement)

Forward Movement offers resources for the 2016 season of Advent: books for individuals and families for daily devotion and preparation.

3-Sentence Stories: Writing Short is Fun for All Ages

Writing 3-sentence stories offers a new perspective for Christian formation. All ages can participate, in Sunday schools, youth groups, or families.

Christmas Eve for the Christian Household

By incorporating these traditions and rituals, you can lead your household to center of Christmas Eve: welcoming Jesus Christ as savior.

Advent Wreath Prayers at Home: 4 Options

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.

Advent in a Box

Faith building resources that put joyful Advent preparation into the hands of families, wherever they are.

SSJE Adventword: A Global Advent Calendar

The Brothers at SSJE have collected their prayers and meditations for Advent 2015. Use #adventword to pray with the world using social media.

Advent Discussion Spirals from Candle Press

CandlePress offers four-week Advent prayer spirals for all ages, with discussion starters and ideas to carry scripture through the week.

Jesse Tree Advent Activity and Skit

Jesse Tree readings and ornaments become the basis for Old Testament Sunday school and an Advent skit.

Lessons and Carols – The Church Service that “Went Viral”

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 Lessons and Carols works Every December, choir directors the world over have the care and delight of preparing a Festival of Lessons and Carols.  Some might […]

Are You Good at Waiting? – Resources for Advent

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.

Advent Wreath Liturgy and Prayers for Church

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.

Advent Wreath Making Survival Guide

Step-by-step guide for making Advent wreaths as part of an intergenerational church gathering. Practical tips, tricks, and advice.