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Advent and Christmas Resources


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.

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.

Wood Creche

Christmas Eve Resources

These can be adapted for a physically distanced worship or pre-recorded for online worship.

A to Z Christmas Eve Script (easy to adapt)

Christmas Participation Story, Part 1 (moderately easy to adapt)

Christmas Participation Story, Part 2

Christmas Cameo Script (more challenging to adapt)

Michigan Conference Children's Christmas Eve Service

A 30-minute children's Christmas Eve worship service is currently in production.  Featuring 26 families across Michigan, the service, this service targeted to young children share the ABC's of Christmas.  The service can be embedded into local church websites ready to broadcast and will also be offered in a form so local church worship leadership can customize it with an open and close. 

Download the service script in PDF form

virtual Christmas pageant
A Virtual Christmas Pageant from Illustrated Ministry
holy family
Christmas Pageants 2020: Recorded, Zoomed, Live Outside

At Home Advent Boxes or Kits


Advent and Christmas in a box

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

Advent in a Box

Advent in a Box from Building Faith

Advent and Christmas Ideas

link to illustrated ministry site

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

Advent/Christmas Resources from Traci Smith

Hanging gold stars

Advent Resources from Christine V. Hides

advent candles

Advent and Christmas Resources from Building Faith

Reverse Advent Calendar

Reverse Advent Calendar Idea

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