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Advent and Christmas Resources

Children

Celebrating Advent at Home

Share the ideas below with families to celebrate Advent at Home. Post them on social media, share them in your newsletter, or send them in an email.

Nativity scenePrintable Nativity Scene

VeggieTales Light of Christmas performed by Owl City, featuring Toby Mac

Chuck Knows Church explains Advent

2021 Reverse Advent Calendars

This year we have two Reverse Advent Calendar options. The first is a non-perishable food or household item each day. The second includes a combination of food, household items, prayer starters, or a practice each day throughout Advent. Or, print the blank one and create your own calendar!

Reverse Advent Calendar 2021

Reverse Advent Calendar with Faith Practices

Blank Reverse Advent Calendar 2021

Advent and Christmas are significant in the life of children and in the church. The pandemic continues to create opportunities for ministry around Advent and Christmas. This toolbox will have ideas, articles, resources, and more for ministry in 2021 as well as general information and ideas that may be able to be adapted for this year.

This toolbox will be updated through November. Ideas are also posted in the Michigan Conference Children's Ministry Facebook Group.

This page contains a lot of information. Click on the topic you are interested to jump there.

Advent and Christmas Ideas

Advent at Home Resources

Christmas Eve Resources

Advent/Christmas Books for Children & Families

Additional Resources

Wood Creche

Advent and Christmas Ideas

link to illustrated ministry site

Advent and Christmas Resources: Worship Bulletins, Devotionals, Christmas Eve virtual resources, Nativity figures and more.

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What Color Was Baby Jesus' Hair? Representing the Christ Child Multiculturally (article from buildfaith.org)

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Advent Practices During COVID-19 (from APCE)

Advent at Home Resources

 

Advent and Christmas in a box

Faithful Families for Advent & Christmas Advent & Christmas in a Box idea from Traci Smith

Advent Kit Gallery from Building Faith

Advent in a Box

Advent in a Box from Building Faith

Devotionals

Salt Project - specifically the resource called "'A Less is More' Christmas Poster and Devotional"

Creative Communications

Sanctified Art (could be used congregation wide)

 

Advent Candles link to Building Faith article about Advent at home

What Does This Season Mean? Handout for Advent at Home

(This article is from 2020, but may continue to be relevant.)

Creche Sharing Across the Miles

Christmas Eve Resources

Christmas Eve/ Pageant Scripts

These can be adapted for a physically distanced worship or pre-recorded for online worship. With all scripts, read through and make adjustments for your congregation before using.

A to Z Christmas Eve Script (easy to adapt)

Christmas Script - Participation Story Part 1 (moderately easy to adapt)

Christmas Participation Story, Part 2

Christmas Cameo Script (more challenging to adapt; it could be stitched together if pre-recorded)

Just a Little Christmas Script (can be recorded and stitched together as a video to share during worship and/or online.)

Michigan Conference Children's Christmas Eve Service (2020)

Download the service script in PDF form

View the video

Illustrated Ministry Virtual Christmas Pageant
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Christmas Pageant Ideas (these are from 2020 and can be adapted for 2021)

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS BOOKS FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Downloadable Activity Pack to accompany 'Twas the Season of Advent

Downloadable Activity Pack to accompany 'Twas the Evening of Christmas including a Story Walk now available.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES