Waiting Songs is an album of Advent. These songs are about making time for waiting. So we practice listening, quieting ourselves, celebrating, whispering good news, and yelling shouts of joy.
Send Kids on a Wildly Engaging
Scavenger Hunt to Discover the
Events Surrounding the Birth of Jesus!
New 'Escape Room' Game Promises to Fill Your
Home, Class or Gathering with Fun, Excitement,
& Lots & Lots of Smiles!
Christmas Trivia: A Back Pocket Game for Any Group from Building Faith
Find tips on Preparing to Host Trivia; Adapting Christmas Trivia - to suit different ages; and specific Trivia Slides & Answer Sheet; and suggestions for adding more 'religious' rounds.
Help provide space for soaking in the theological gifts of Christmas with simple prayer cards to use Christmas Eve through Epiphany. The prayers seek to address some of the core theological components of Christ’s birth in a basic and accessible way for all ages.
Download prayer cards pdf with four (4) cards per page here.
Download prayer cards pdf with one (1) card per page here.
Download prayer cards as individual images here.
Building Faith offers a great list of free, downloadable, and low-cost printable or order-on-line Advent Calendars (some are Dec.1-24, but still hold potential); perfect for at-home or congregational faith formation practices.
Gathering to Write: An Intergenerational Advent Practice
By Lauren Graeber (she/her/hers) on Sep 26, 2022 12:00 pm
Writing is a way of paying close attention to our lives. Finding just the right words to describe our thoughts, emotions, and experiences can be an act of holy gratitude and a way of opening ourselves to God’s ongoing work within us. When we write alongside others and share some of the words we’ve found, we build trust and community among ourselves.
Download the full Gathering to Write PDF here.
Cover all the bases for all the ages with the MN Conference UCC's Advent 2021 Family Faith & Leader Toolkits: pageant, bible study, activities, children's book lists, contemplative practice, Advent wreath lighting litany, introductory video, and more!
Invite artists of all ages to illustrate your Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or First Sunday of Christmas sermon. Use one of our Illustrate Your Own rhyming verse sermons for free. (Please share appropriate credits on all platforms.)
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5 Simple Ways to Use Picture Books During Advent for All Ages Ministry
Building Faith's Alexis Chin wonders about, What Color Was Baby Jesus’ Hair? Representing The Christ Child Multiculturally, including numerous suggestions for exploring artwork and global expressions of Jesus and the holy family.
Faith Formation Ministry Advent Roundup from DWELL Curriculum and Faith Formation's Network
Many of Illustrated Ministry's Advent coloring posters also come with devotionals; create an entire program around a set of posters:
The Birth of Jesus Advent Calendar unfolds to become a diorama; includes a different figure to place in the scene from December 1 to 26; re-usable.
Also see Agostino Traini's The Birth of Jesus: A Christmas Pop-Up Book!
20 Creative Ways to Celebrate Advent in 2020
Advent + Instagram: Photo-a-Day Challenge: Worship Times has the resources!