Get Ready to Get Ready: Advent Ideas
Advent is around the corner and is a great liturgical season for spiritual formation for all ages. Be intentional around the offerings at your parish. How are members and visitors alike invited into preparation, reflection, and action before Christmas? The mindful, spiritual focus of Advent is quite counter-cultural to the consumerism of our American life, and many folks are spiritually hungry for something to counter the onslaught of consumer driven messages. Check out this video that explains Advent in 2 minutes
There are some easily accessible ways to keep Advent at home -- to help you slow down and notice the season. With some special attention to ritual, time, and your own awareness, Advent can become a special time of waiting on God in your life.
Advent Wreath Making: The object of the wreath and candles helps families to focus on the season. Here is an Advent Wreath Liturgy appropriate for your church and a great explanation of the Advent Wreath with prayers for the home.
Pray Together: If this isn't a daily habit, use the season of Advent to start this practice of praying together as a family. If you don't have an Advent Wreath, then just light a candle and use a simple prayer. You can start with the prayers from the Book of Occasional Services
Read the Nativity Story: Pick a children's Bible, a favorite Christmas storybook, the Bible passage, or look at this Online Interactive Nativity story for a modern retelling.
Set Up a Nativity Scene or Creche: Create a special corner where you set up the family nativity set. There are all kinds of creative ways to make a creche on Pinterest. Check out my Advent Pinterest Page for some downloadable designs. This particular post is both creche and Advent Calendar.
Serve Together: Pick a service project to do together as a family. It gets the focus off "stuff" and on to helping others. But more than that - it is a chance for families to do something meaningful together. This Advent Calendar based on service projects is a good place to look for inspiration.
Theater for Advent: I used to belong to a group called “Covenant Players” – a Christian Drama Ministry. My friends, Kurt & Cathy Purucker, still offer plays and programs around the themes your organization chooses. They will be in the area for Advent and Christmas – please contact them for your church or perhaps sponsor a program at a prison, school, or some other group. Contact them at: email@example.com
Other Online Resources: Available on our website
If you've got resources, pageant scripts, family prayer ideas you'd like to share, please add them in the comments on the DioCal website (link above)
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- Amy Cook