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Intergenerational Activities

Find several 1008 PIECE ADVENT PUZZLES with 24 little puzzles within a larger puzzle.

Find our Great Idea for these puzzles here.

White plate with various foods and a star arranged to look like a nativity sceneA Healthy Edible Nativity to Tell the Christmas Story

Created for a one-room Sunday school (ages 3-5th grade), inclusive of parent/grandparent participants; find full post here; find instructions and Bible reading here.

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Contemplative Bible Storytelling for Children & Grownups Alike

a3875297053_16.jpgWaiting 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!

 

nativity escape roomNew 'Escape Room' Game Promises to Fill Your
Home, Class or Gathering with Fun, Excitement,
Good-Natured Competition…
& Lots & Lots of Smiles!

Ornament spelling "Merry Christmas."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.

  • Click here to view the Christmas Trivia game in Google Slides; use the deck “as is” or click “file” then “make a copy” to edit the slides.
  • Click here to access the participant answer sheet for Christmas Trivia; print copies of the sheet “as is” or click “file” then “make a copy” to edit the document.

A Bible open on a table with Christmas lights in background.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.

Advent Calendars for 2023

By Katherine Malloy on Oct 31, 2023

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.

The word "Advent" spelled in scrabble letters with greens in background.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.

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: used by permission of the author, Rev. Emily Meyer.) And please let us know you're using them: ministrylab@unitedseminary.edu.

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

     

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!

Advent Curricula for All Ages

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Advent Activity Books & Kits

Advent and Christmas Digital Activity Kits are available on Sparkhouse Digital

An illustration of a computer monitor displaying an image of a manger on the screenThese Digital Activity Kits focus on the gifts of darkness. There are crafts, recipes, reading guides, a service activity, and much more!

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If you don't have a Sparkhouse Digital subscription, you can purchase previous Advent and Christmas Digital Activity Kits for early childhood, children, and youth from the the Sparkhouse website. Each kit includes age-appropriate activities, games, art projects, Bible reading guides, and more. These kits are designed to be printed and assembled to give to children, youth, and families. Each includes a complete Get Started Guide with an overview of the activities included and instructions for assembling each kit. 

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Book - Paperback     Christmas on the Screen | Reviewing the Evolution of American Spirituality (Zukowski)                         The deck of Families Celebrate 2023

In Our Library - Activities

Paperback Things to Make & Do for Advent & Christmas Book