Has someone already told you how many days it is until Christmas? If not, it will happen soon as our nation hurtles through November and December with a consumer-driven focus on this festival. Sadly the good news of Jesus’ birth, which is at the heart of Christmas, can get lost among the toys, tinsel, trees and tasty treats.
What is our response? Could we highlight Advent more?
The four weeks of Advent (starting on Sunday 2 December this year) is a time of waiting and watching, which an increasing number churches observe, with helpful resources and practices.
Let’s face it: the Christmas story – God’s coming among us – is so big and so important that we need to tell it slowly. We need to tell it at church, at home, and wonder how it was for each character, taking time to put ourselves into the story… again and again.
Kids Friendly has gathered many resources for sharing Advent and Christmas in church and the community. One popular activity, for families with younger children, is the Mary and Joseph dolls who journey from house to house over Advent. There are great conversations and anticipation as Christmas Day gets closer and closer. Many more ideas can be found at: http://www.kidsfriendly.org.nz/resourcing/seasons/
“Worship Together Advent” provides a fresh approach to services with a stone koru wreath, art, drama and body prayers.
Kids Friendly is so grateful for the partner churches and parachurch organisations below, who are producing creative and engaging Advent and Christmas resources too. Check out:
- https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/ – Intergenerational colouring posters and more
- www.athomeandchurch.org.nz/ – The Advent Tree – affordable gift for families
- www.strandz.org.nz/ – Journey through Advent – another gift and activity idea
- www.lostsheep.com.au/stories-overview/ – Five stories. New this year: “Jesus was a refugee”
Let’s respond to the bustle of the season with Advent practices that help people of all ages slow down and wonder at the greatest story ever: “Emmanuel, God with us.”
Kids Friendly coach
Editor’s note: This article may be familiar to those of you who read Church bulletin, Bush Telegraph. We thought the article shared useful information that may be of benefit to a wider audience, so have reprinted it on Candour. (If you have any other Advent resources that you’d like to share, let us know.)