Advent Ideas

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We’ll be doing a special Advent mini-mester of BACON U – ”CHRIST WAS BORN FOR THIS: Jesus as our Perfect Prophet, Priest, & King” on December 11th and 18th, at 11am in the Family Life Center, following the 9:30am service.

 

 

Adults, teens, and school-aged children are invited to participate in this special INTER-GENERATIONAL, FAMILY version of BACON U. (Note: Nursery and preschool will be available in the Children’s Wing.) It will be a special opportunity for families to look at Advent together, and for generations to mix as we follow the theme and discuss the devotional series from SHE READS TRUTH/HE READ TRUTH, although it is not necessary to do this devotional to participate.

 

 

IDEAS FOR DISCIPLESHIP & FAMILY DURING THE CHRISTMAS/ADVENT SEASON

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*Choose a night and drive around and look at Christmas lights. 

Along the way, read the following verses:

  •           John 8:12
  •           John 1:1-9
  •           Matthew 5:14-16

Ask the following questions:

  • Did you ever thing of Jesus’ birth as light coming into the world?  What do you think that means?
  • What does it mean for us to be light in this world as believers of Jesus today?

Note:  Click here to see locations for Christmas lights in Harford County last year:

 

 *Purchase or make an Advent Nativity Calendar. 

This is a calendar containing small numbered flaps, one of which is opened on each day of Advent/Christmas, revealing one piece of the Biblical Christmas Story.  Do these as a family each night. Take turns reading the Scripture and/or devotional thought revealed for that day.

 

*Wrap up a kid’s book that tells the story of Jesus’ birth.

Place it under your tree as soon as you can after you put up the tree and decorate it.  On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, open up the present and read the story.  Stress that Jesus’ birth was a gift then to the world, and it is still a gift for us today, because He can be “born” into our hearts when we believe in Him.

 

 *Watch the movie “Nativity Story”.

(Parents:  Here is a review of the movie by Plugged In, so that you can determine if it is appropriate for your child: .)

After you watch the movie, utilize this discussion guide to talk about the movie.  .

 

Make a Prayer Garland(1)

Cut out 24 green and red construction paper strips. On each strip, write the name of a family member, friend or ministry. Staple the strips as links into one long garland. Hang the garland in your apartment or house as a decoration.

Every day in December, have a family member remove one of the paper strips. As a family, pray for the person or ministry whose name is on that strip of paper.

 

Use Christmas Cards as Prayer Reminders(1)

As Christmas cards arrive during December, place them in a basket in a noticeable area. Once a day, pull out one card and pray for that person or family together. Keep the Christmas card basket out all year and pray regularly for other families.

You may want to write the person a note signed by your family that says, “We prayed for you today.”

 

Create (or Buy) Your Own Advent Wreath with Candles(1)

An Advent wreath is helpful and beautifully symbolic of the season. A basic Advent wreath consists of a circle with four candle holders with one candle in the middle. It may be garnished with holly or pine boughs. The Advent wreath can serve as a perfect teaching moment too. Point out the colors to your children, and talk about what they mean. To learn more about the wreath, check out this link.

 

DO THE RECOMMENDED SHE READS TRUTH/HE READS TRUTH ONLINE ADVENT SERIES.

CLICK HERE (she-reads-truth-advent-series) for a flyer giving more information about how to do this.

 

HAVE A DISCUSSION WITH SOMEONE ELSE IN THE CHURCH ABOUT WHAT THEY DO FOR ADVENT.

There are lots more ideas than we can cover in a two-sided handout!

 

Follow some or all of the calendar provided by ADVENT CONSPIRACY. 

You can get the calendar by going HERE.

Advent Conspiracy is a movement to put the true meaning back into Christmas.  Their core principles are to SPEND LESS, GIVE MORE, LOVE ALL, and WORSHP FULLY.  The goal is to value more time together during the Christmas season and to use our resources to help others.