There are so many ideas that you can use for Advent.
And one size does not fit all!
We’ve done the hard work of finding and collating the ideas for you, so that you can choose what is going to work for your congregation and households.
Below you’ll find a selection of resources. Some you can order and give to households in your congregation and others that you can access and use for worship or for households.
If you’re looking for something that you don’t find here, email Jill – email@example.com We might be able to help you find what you’re looking for.
Order Resources for Advent at Home Packs
We’ve put together some resources that you can order for your households or get households to choose their own.
Click on the pictures for more details and to order the resources:
Ordering of resources is now closed. Email Jill – firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like access to any of the above resources.
Advent Video Challenge
Each day during Advent a video will be posted on the Presbytery Facebook page, along with some wondering questions. Share the posts with your congregation – encourage households to watch the video, discuss or reflect on the wondering questions and post comments.
More Advent Resources …
So you can Choose Your Own ADVENTure!
We’ve also collated a lot more resources that you can access yourself for Intergenerational Worship and Faith at Home.
Faith At Home
Advent in a Box
Make up a box or pack for advent, including a number of resources in a box for households. You can use others ideas or make up your own box or provide a sample of a range of resources that households can choose from.
Faithful Families Advent and Christmas in a Box – Give the book along with materials for a few of the activities
Drawing God for Advent Idea Kit – Can be used with or without the Drawing God book
M&M Christmas Story - Poem to give with some M&M's
Christmas @Home 1 & 2 now only $1 each (Australian)
You can buy or make an advent wreath for households to use. One simple idea is to use a green plastic plate for the "wreath"with candles in little candle holders or even battery operated candles. Below are a few more Advent Wreath ideas, including weekly devotions.
- Advent 2020 Downloadable Resource
- Handout for Advent at Home
- A Journey Through Advent
- Simple Advent Wreath Devotional – great for all reading levels, for individuals or families
- Family Advent Devotional – make mason advent candles and use the family devotional – Devotional
- Advent Wreath using playdough
- Christmas Family Faith Trail - This Australian resource is designed to support families to grow in faith in the home through Bible reading, conversations and activities such as crafts and games. Families can pick and choose activities that are most useful for their particular family. Print the booklet off to give to each family in your congregation & ministry programs.
There are many advent calendar ideas available that individuals and families can use. Here's just a few:
- Names of Jesus Advent Calendar (Australian) - beautiful boxed set $35
- 25 Days of Christmas - Scripture and Activities for Advent
- Advent: A Calendar of Devotions for 2020
- Simple Stone Advent Calendar
- Flexagon Advent Calendar
- Praying in Color Advent Calendars - Different designs available each year. Here's the 2020 designs - Choose from dove dated or undated, star or calendar grid templates. These are great for children and adults. Or you can purchase one from Faith Forward who are working with #AdventWord and have a devotional booklet to go with it as well.
- Orange Advent Calendar
- More ideas from Building Faith
Or instead of a calendar use paper chains:
Advent Prayer Beads - Prayer beads give you something to hold on to and help you focus as you pray. These prayer beads are a tool you can use to help guide your prayers during the season of Advent. Includes instructions for making the prayer beads, along with devotions for adults and children.
God's Big Rescue Family Time Activity - add to a bracelet or key ring as each part of the story is told
Books for Ideas:
The Season of the Nativity by Sybil MacBeth
Books to read a chapter of each night:
This series by Arnold Ytreeide has a different main character in each book but they all end up in Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Jesus. Each chapter ends on a cliffhanger so you want to find out what happens. Great for age 4 - 18+.
More Books to Read
Out of the Box - is a South Australian kids and youth short movie produced by The Corner Uniting Church. Follow the adventures of decorations stuck in the garage, with a near impossible plan to make sure the Christmas message is celebrated. Full movie available now. This explanation letter for Church leaders explains how the movie might be used in your local context, explains the script and when you might pause for optional ministry moments.
- A Shudder of Angels - This poem is a retelling of the shepherds' story, in the context of security guards watching over a building by night.
- Joseph's Christmas Story - 100 short Tweets that Joseph might have shared from his perspective
- Mrs Dinn at the Inn - A new way to tell the story with PowerPoint images
- The New Beginning - This story links Christmas to Easter
- An Intergen Christmas Service - using "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr Suess
- Chocolate Christmas - Tell the Christmas story using chocolate bars
Lost Sheep Stories – Great stories to read in church or gift to families
Books to read in worship:
- The Nativity - Words from Luke 2 with illustrations by Julie Vivas
- Wombat Divine by Mem Fox, illustrated by Kerry Argent
- Twas the Evening of Christmas by Glenys Nellist, illustrated by Elena Selivanova
- And here's a list of more ...
Books to help with worship preparation:
- The Season of the Nativity by Sybil MacBeth - Ideas for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany