We wait with bated breath!
Advent is a wonderful season of waiting, hoping and wondering. Here are some ideas for your family or faith community to actively participate in this wonderful season together!
Advent Unwrapped from the United Church of Canada produces annual free resources for faith communities
Selina’s church put together an activity kit with a crafts for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. The home-made nativity set was the biggest hit! (You can swap wooden pieces for clothesline pegs or even toilet paper rolls.)
The GO Project has an Advent series that is very popular.
SALT Project has a whole variety of printable Advent and Christmas resources for congregations, included Advent in Full Colour which focuses on creativity.
For those following the Narrative Lectionary Tori has produced a resource for Year 4.
Ways to mark the days
We all love a good old fashioned chocolate Advent calendar, but if you’re looking for ways to mark the days leading up to Christmas that’s less consumption focused why not try one of these creative options? You can have a daily, or weekly calendar.
Each year Selina’s family has an Advent wreath with three purple, one pink and one white candle. They light it every Sunday evening together when it’s dark out and enjoy the warm glow together.
Alternatively, consider a reverse Advent calendar where you donate something each day of Advent to a local food bank or shelter.
Tori created a felt Advent wreath to sell at her church’s table at a Christmas market. This felt banner features moveable pieces children can enjoy adding and rearranging each week. Read more about it on her post.
Reviving our Advent themes
Although many folks love singing “Hope is a star” it can be a challenge to keep the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love fresh year after year. Here’s a few ideas on how to do it.
Add a character each week!
You can build your creche (nativity scene) a little at a time by introducing a new character each week from the animals in the stable to Jesus’ parents, to the innkeeper, the midwives (come on, you know they were there!) and the infant himself.
Add a visual reminder to your table or stage
As part of Selina’s Advent series last year she brought a different object to church that reminded her of that week’s theme. For Hope she laid our wrapped presents underneath the Christmas tree. For Peace she brought her favourite blanket she loves to curl up and relax in. For Joy it was a sled her grandfather had made for her family. And, for Love, it was family album.
Revamp that Advent song
Colleen Lowrie, Youth Coordinator at Dublin St. United & Director at Camp Menesetung suggests adding a verse to Peace Like a River to revamp the Sunday School classic for Advent. She sings “Hope like a rainbow” to connect to the Advent 1 theme.
Let there be puppets!
Looking for a way to breakout your theatre chops? Selina has written a series of five skits following the Advent themes that exploring Jesus’ nature/name. Download the script!