ADVENT CLASS PROJECTS
Sunday School Program
CELEBRATION OF THE SEASONS
AN ADVENT CALL TO WORSHIP: SOMETHING'S COMING
THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS IN SYMBOL AND CUSTOM
THE ADVENT WREATH
ADVENT EVERYONE'S BIRTHDAY
THEMES AND THINGS AT A GLANCE
FOR ADVENT SUNDAY SCHOOL
PROGRAMS - [ TOP ]
Group 1 "A Kiss for Grandpa". Children
give much to the elderly and sick at all times but especially at
or banners made in glass
or at home by the children, then shared with the elderly often are kept all
year as reminders of the "Kiss of Christmas" youngsters
can bring to oldsters. (The gift that is made does not have to be a drawing or a banner; it can
the class decides or the child decides.) The children will tell what they have
made and why and explain to the congregation that they will be taking their gift
to an older person.
Group 2 A Christmas Card for the Congregation. Students will
make a gigantic Christmas card to be presented to the congregation the night
of the Christmas
Group 3 "Christmas Colander". What is a colander?
A colander is a kitchen utensil (you might bring one from home to show)
which has holes in it. It can be used to drain water out of food. The "Christmas
a means to catch memories, meanings, and feelings about past Christmas'. The
sentences to complete might be helpful in doing this project:
1. The best thing
about Christmas is …
2. The worst thing about Christmas is …
3. At Christmas my family and I …
4. The most important thing about Christmas is …
5. Christmas is fun when …
6. Christmas makes me think about …
7. During the Christmas season we go …
8. At Christmas we bake …
9. Christmas makes me feel …
10. We celebrate Christmas because …
The children will share their "Christmas
Colander" the evening
of the program.
Group 4 Family Advent Banners or Posters. Each family represented
in the class will be invited to make a banner or poster, large or
for Advent. You
might spend some time in class discussing Advent themes that could be used
banner or poster. (This project, obviously, will be done in the homes
as a family project.) As the teacher for this group, you will be responsible
the families as to the progress of the banner or poster. The families will
be invited to come forward with their child to explain their banner to the
Group 5 Advent Chain. Preparing for Christmas is more than buying gifts,
dreaming over the Sears catalog, or staying out of Mom and Dad's way; it's
about how we can more like Christ and then doing something about it. Each
have one strip of paper. On that strip will write something he/she will try
to do this Christmas season to help someone else, or to be a better friend
be better friends with God.
As each child shares his/her intention with the congregation, they staple
together their link and pass it to the next child, until they have completed
circle and have a whole chain of good intentions.
Advent Wreath or Log. Students will make an Advent wreath or log
and share with the congregation the meaning behind the wreath and the symbolism
found in each candle.
Prophecy Candle. Tells us of the time of waiting
for the Light that broke over the world on that first Christmas. A
light that changed the world from
to everlasting hope.
Bethlehem Candle. This candle stands for making ready to receive the Baby
Jesus into our hearts and homes. God was present in the Babe of Bethlehem.
also mindful of us and present with us in our everyday world.
Shepherds Candle. This candle reminds us of our responsibility to
share what we have heard. They left their task and went with haste
to see and
to tell what they had seen and heard. Jesus spoke of himself as the Good
Shepherd, who cares for his sheep.
Group 7 Advent Newspaper. Students in this group are assigned to recreate
the Jerusalem Gazette (students might enjoy thinking of their own name)
morning Jesus was born. The students might choose to write newspaper articles
birth of Jesus, biographies of Jesus' parents, background on the Messiah,
and what his birth might mean to poor people as well as to nobility and
clergy, shepherds, shopkeepers, and Levites. Each student could write an
maybe they would
enjoy working teams of two or three? The students will share their newspaper
articles with the congregation
Group 8 Recycle Apples. Each student will be asked to design a message
about Christmas for people in the world. Their message will be attached
to a polished
apple and decorated with ribbons. (Apples will be purchased through
the church.) The evening of the program, the child will read his/her message
to the congregation
and then go out into the congregation and give the apple to someone.
Group 9 Advent Drama. This project will include a staged version
or even a reading version of the Annunciation and the Salutation of
write their own script. Students will share their production with the congregation
during the program.
Group 10 The Jesse Tree. Students will furnish the tree or branch that
can be used in the sanctuary of the church. This group will also be responsible
the making of four symbols for the Jesse Tree.
History and origin of the Jesse Tree. The tree
originates in the prophecies of Isaiah 11:1 "There shall come
forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out
of his roots."
The trunk of the tree stems from Jesse, the father of David. The major
characters of the Bible are represented symbolically on the branches
or the tree, each
symbol recalling an important Bible story. The Jesse Tree is Christ's
family tree. It
traces the descent of Jesus from the line of David.
The symbols can be made using any method the student chooses. They should
be about the size of a piece of construction paper so the congregation
them. During the program the students will tell the meaning of their
symbol and then
hang the symbol on the tree or branch.
Group 10 will be responsible for the making of the following symbols:
The Star of David. This symbol represents Jesse's family and should
be placed at the base of the tree.
CHI-RHO. These Greek letters signify Christ's name and should be placed
at the top of the tree.
Hand. The hand represents God the Father's love for us.
Apple. The apple stands for our first earthly parents, Adam and Eve.
Group 11 Students in this group will make the following symbols for
the Jesse Tree:
Read information under Group 10 as this information pertains
to Group 11 also.
Dove. The dove symbolizes God's mercy in saving Noah from the flood.
Tent. The tent represents Abraham, who had the faith to follow God.
Ram. This symbol stands for Isaac. The ram was sacrificed in his place.
Ladder. The ladder recalls the story of Jacob's dream.
Coat. We are reminded of Joseph's forgiving action towards his brothers.
Group 12 A student in this group will be responsible to tell the
congregation what is the history and origin of the Jesse Tree. (See
Group 10 as this information pertains to Group 12 also.)
Stone Tablets. The stone tables symbolize Moses and the 10 Commandments.
Crown. King David is represented by the crown.
Temple. The silhouette of a building is the great temple that Solomon constructed.
Hammer. Jesus' foster father, Joseph, is depicted by a carpenter's hammer.
Heart. Mary's love is symbolized with the heart.
CELEBRATION OF THE SEASONS - [ TOP ]
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Lord God our Father, we confess that our lives do not always contain
the dynamic of the changing seasons. We long for the life of spring,
of the autumn hearth, but we let our hopes and moods live in winters
of discontent. Our chilly receptions to gestures of love freeze the
out of our
relationships. God, we pray for faith that is sure of your promises;
that though there be
drought and shill in our feeble attempts at living, still we are confident
of the life
which breaks forth where we had thought there was none. For we ask these
things in Jesus' name. Amen.
THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON
We have no doubts that winter will bring frosty nights, and we live in
complete certainty that summer will bring days of sunshine and warmth.
And we are not surprised in the autumn when the trees turn to crimson
and gold; and we wait with expectancy for the greatest miracle of the
life at every turn, on every tree there are buds. The most insignificant
patch of ground bears blades of grass and flowers appear all over.
Then why do we wonder if God will forgive us and let us put away the
old parts of our lives which will keep us from growing closer to him:
blunders which were ill-conceived and brought only despair.
God intends that we should live; live in the fullness of life, which
he has provided in Jesus Christ. We should comfort one another with the
that, as Christians,
we are forgiven.
Advent is the time of the year when the Christian family prepares
for the coming of Jesus Christ in the celebration of his birth at
is a time
of reflection, of pondering how the coming of a Savior did and can change
people's lives. Of all the seasons of the year, this is the one richest
And at this time of the year, when autumn chills into winter, there is
a special symbolism in all of nature. But there is a special message
There are two kinds of trees: The evergreen and the deciduous.
The evergreen is unique because it is what it is called: throughout the
year it remains hearty, strong, and full of the deep green, rich color
It is a symbol of faithfulness, for it does not change; it only grows
stronger. It is constant, no matter what the season.
So is the love of God in Jesus Christ for us. It is not fickle, depending
on our various moods. It, too, is constant and every present.
At the Last Supper, Jesus spoke of his constancy and sufficiency. He
said: 'I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry;
believes in me will never thirst."
LET US PRAY: Lord God, we thank you for your faithfulness. In a world
where change is both a source of creativity and frustration, we know
you we have an
unchanging hold on the source of life. As we take the bread, may it strengthen
us and change us making us witnesses to your changeless gifts of life
and love. For we ask these things in Jesus' name. Amen.
These are the weeks of brisk, sunny days and cold, clear nights; weather,
which causes the deciduous trees to turn bright with color, as though
the brush of an artist. These leaves, which such a short time ago were
with the summer warmth, now have turned and soon will fall. And in just
a matter of days, the trees will stand stripped and barren, as though
they were dead.
But they are not dead. For in the late winter, they will be preparing
for new life in the spring; and then buds and blossoms will proclaim
not die but goes on.
This is the message of the trees: that God sustains and gives new life
where formerly there was thought to be none. The tree draws life from
the sun in
heaven as well as from its deep roots, and it is recreated.
So it is in our relationship with God through his Son. Jesus said: "I am
the vine, you are the branches. Cut off from me, you can do nothing." In
offering his disciples the wine at the Last Supper, he was offering them his
own life. And as he gave them the cup, he said: "This cup is the
new covenant sealed in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this, remembering
LET US PRAY: God, our Father, be with us throughout the seasons of our
lives. Sustain us through our winters of doubt and despair, bringing
us to the spring
of recreation. In the taking of the cup, remind us of the promise of
the full, rich life ever before us. For we ask these things in Jesus'
ADVENT FAIR - [ TOP ]
This is an idea for an Advent Fair:
The theme of this fair was JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM, FAMILY ADVENT WORKSHOP.
Each family received a ticket to the fair from GABRIEL TRAVELING AGENCY.
There were five different sets of tickets with different routes. This
in each room at different times creating similar groups which were easier
to work with.
JOSEPH'S CRAFT SHOP. Three different activities to choose from. Choose
one of these:
Making bird feeders
Making Advent calendars
Making Advent wreaths
MARY'S HEARTH. Kitchen activities.
Lefse making and sampling
Donut making and sampling
Cookie decorating for the children
HOLY DAY INN. A nativity scene was set up in this room.
GOLD, FRANKINCENSE AND MYRRH. Decorating the Christmas
tree. Easy homemade items to make.
SIMEON'S SANCTUARY. Family devotions for Advent.
We all gathered back for singing afterwards. The workshop leaders
dressed up in clothes from Jesus' time.
AN ADVENT CALL TO WORSHIP: SOMETHING'S COMING
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The Old Testament people lived in the hope and expectation of a Savior
who would come into the world. Advent is a time when we remember this
spirit of waiting
for the Savior to come.
SOMETHING'S COMING is a word song that celebrates
the anticipation of Jesus' coming.
A word song is designed to be used as a choral reading. No music is involved
in a word song. However, the words are said in rhythmic patterns. A word
song provides an opportunity for the non-musical child to experience
the realm of music.
For this word song, divide your assembly or class into two groups, a
large group and a small cluster. It will be helpful if you have the group
a four-four rhythm.
Everyone is to begin speaking softly and build in volume. The last line
should provide a climax strong in volume.
This word song could be used as a call to worship or part of your classroom
Large Group: Something's coming. Small Group: Maybe it's a Savior.
Small Group: Maybe it's a miracle. All together: Something's coming
Large Group: Something's coming. Small Group: Gotta get ready.
Small Group: Maybe it's a baby. --Large
Open up my heart now. Give a gift of love, too.
Large Group: Something's coming. All: Something's coming soon.
ADVENT WREATH - [ TOP ]
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
Today is the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and the beginning of
the new church year. We call it the FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT. Advent
the coming of a King…and the King is Jesus Christ. Those of us
who are Christians will want to use these four weeks of Advent to prepare
for the coming of the Lord.
If you attended church this morning, you may have noticed that the altar
cloth has been changed to one that is purple or violet. This color stands
and repentance…a reminder that we should humble ourselves before
God and be sorry for our sins. All during the Advent season we will be
God for sending the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior.
The design of the Advent wreath has special meaning. The wreath or circle
reminds us that God is everlasting…He has no beginning or end. The evergreen suggests
that God is always the same…He doesn't change with the seasons.
The red ribbon symbolizes God's love for us, and the candles are a reminder
is the Light of the World.
The first candle is called the PROPHECY CANDLE. As we light the candle
let us remember that we are preparing for the birth of Jesus Christ,
promised us. (LIGHT THE CANDLE).
SCRIPTURE Older students: Romans 13:11-4
____________Younger children: Isaiah 9:6
____________Younger children: Isaiah 9:6
HYMN _____"O Come, O Come, Immanuel"
SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT
(Review) Today is the second Sunday in Advent, and our second candle
is called the BETHLEHEM CANDLE. It reminds us that Jesus left the glory
home to come to earth as a Baby. We can prepare for his coming by asking
Him to forgive our sins and cleanse our hearts so there will be room
in our hearts
for Him. (LIGHT THE CANDLE)
SCRIPTURE Luke 2:1-7
HYMN "Abide in my Heart" (tune "Into My Heart)
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT
(Review) The candle we light today, the third Sunday in Advent is called
the SHEPHERD'S CANDLE. It reminds us to share Jesus, just as the shepherds
We can be missionaries at home, at school, and in our neighborhoods.
Every one of
us can help to tell the good news of salvation that is ours in Jesus
Christ. This candle also serves as a reminder that we need to remember
both with our prayers and our offerings. (LIGHT THE CANDLE)
SCRIPTURE Luke 2:8-20 and Matthew 28:19, 20
HYMN "I Love to Tell the Story"
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT
(Review) This is the fourth Sunday in Advent, and the last Sunday
before Christmas. Our candle this morning is the candle of love;
we call it
the ANGEL'S CANDLE.
As we light the candle, let us remember that Jesus has promised to come
again to take all those who believe in Him to heaven to live forever
(LIGHT THE CANDLES)
SCRIPTURE Acts: 1:8-11 and Luke 12:35-40
HYMN "Joy to the World"
Candles: Candle holders made with wood blocks, beads; candles made
in cupcake pans; made in Pringle cans; walnut candles; sandcast candles.
candles and the cupcake candles will float in water. Stiff wicks are
attached to paper
clips or small pieces of tin. The wicks are placed in the walnut shell
or cupcake pan, and then the hot wax is poured in. The Pringles can candles
are made with
layers of different colored wax. The wick is tied into the bottom of
THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS IN SYMBOL AND CUSTOM
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Christmas is a world-meeting-world event.
It's a time of re-knowing that God has come among us in the person
of Jesus the Christ. It's a time of re-telling the stories of heaven
at a Bethlehem
stable. It's a time of re-newing the growing world's becoming family.
It's a time of re-covering (or un-covering) the traditions of the Christmas
This article of JOURNEY explores some of the meanings of the traditions
of Christmas. An essential part of developing celebration is probing
of those traditions so that we can appropriate their meanings for our
own time as well as develop new meanings from the symbols that are current
You'll find that in many Christmas customs the element of one-ness
with creation is a strong one. For example, the custom of the wassail bowl
a toast of "here's to you" or "be in health") in rural England
included a recipe for roasted apples, sugar and spices in the drink. It would
be a part of the custom that on Christmas eve the people would go outside and
salute the apple trees so that they would be more fruitful in the coming year.
This was called "worsling" or "wassailing" them.
Many Christmas customs have been borrowed from the culture in which the
Christian faith grew. For instance, the sacred mistletoe of the Druids
in the British
Isles was thought to have healing powers. It was brought into the house.
interpreted the mistletoe as the healing powers of Christ. Mistletoe
was placed on the altars of early churches; a custom still practiced
Even the food we eat at this season has symbolic meaning. For example,
mince pie has become one of the chief delicacies at the Christmas feast.
the gifts of the Wise Men and is supposed to be made of the choicest
things from the East. At one time the pie was made in an oblong shape
in which Christ was born.
We share traditions, food ideas and gift-making possibilities with you
in the hope that some of these will be useful in deepening the traditions
While you're exploring traditions also take an imaginative look at our
own time: what are the symbols of Christ's birth on earth now? What in
might we infuse with new meaning?
Of all Christmas symbols none is more familiar than the CHRISTMAS TREE.
The decorating of the tree is one of the most beloved of Christmas customs
trees are available in either living or artificial form.
From earliest times the ancients held nature in great reverence. All
things had their gods, among them water, the meadows, and the trees.
therefore, was used not only for decorative purposes but because it was
possible to thus
bring a part of nature indoors. For the feast of Bacchus in Roman times,
trees were decorated with trinkets. In the celebration of the pagan Yule
ancient sun-worshipping Teutons are said to have decorated fir trees,
for they likened the sun to the spreading and blossoming of a great tree.
It did not become common practice to decorate Christian homes with evergreen
trees until the sixteenth century. The idea of using the decorated fir
tree probably sprang up in Germany, and from there to other countries.
has become a symbol of Christ as the Tree of Life, offering His gifts
of Light, Life and Wisdom.
The GIFTS brought to the Christ Child by the Wise Men may well have been
the origin of our present-day custom of gift-giving at Christmas. On
hand, it may have grown out of the desire to emulate the unselfishness
of Christ. Whatever
the origin, the practice has become universal. There is always a feeling
of good will inspired by generosity. Joyousness and merry-making usually
Some authorities believe that gift-giving at this time of the year was
a carry over from the pagans. The Romans gave presents during the celebrations
and Kalends. Early religious leaders denounced New Year's gift-giving,
Christmas gift-giving took its place. It was taught that lesser expensive
gifts be substituted
at Christmas, but that they should carry the spirit of good will, kindliness
Christmas legends concerning SHIPS undoubtedly have their origin among
people of sea-faring countries. St. Nicholas comes to Holland from Spain
St. Basil sails to Greece each Christmastide in a ship laden with gifts.
English carol, "I Saw Three Ships", describes the arrival on Christmas
morning of the SHIPS bearing Jesus, Mary and Joseph. A carol of German origin, "Song
of the Ship", likens Mary to a SHIP brining us her Baby "whose
love shall make us free."
For centuries BELLS of churches of every land have pealed forth the glad
tidings of the birth of Jesus. In medieval times, the BELLS tolled for
an hour before
Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, and then on the hour, their voices changed
to joyous ringing. This tolling was to warn the powers of darkness of
the approaching birth of the Savior. It was believed "the Devil died when Christ as born" and
in England the tolling was known as "Tolling the Devil's Knell." As
a result, BELLS have become a part of our Chirstmas decorations and imagery.
To inspire greater religious feeling, and help in the understanding of
poverty in the story of the birth of Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi conceived
of building a life-size representation of the Nativity scene. The Pope
gave him permission to do so, and in 1223 he build a full-sized stable
in Graecia, a village near Assisi, in Italy. In it he created the Nativity
scene with living people and animals. The villagers were much impressed.
beginning the idea spread all over Europe. The CRECHE was used in homes
as well as in churches, and through the ages it has been built in all
forms, large and
small, from the crudest to the most elaborate.
Rooster and Horn
Both a ROOSTER and a HORN can symbolize the season of Advent, the Coming
of the Savior. They symbolize watchfulness and proclamation. Watchfulness
of the person who waits…alert…ready, for an event of which
he knows neither the day nor the hour. Proclamation is the task of those
the time and day of the event, and are ready to shout it out.
The ROSE is shown as the symbol of the messianic promise. The prophet
Isaiah foretells that "the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as a ROSE." The
form of ROSE in the symbol is conventional and it is said to have originated
about the 13th century.
In ancient Rome, cakes in the forms of animals and people were presented
as gifts to the senators. They become more and more elaborate and were
by Christians for use at Christmas time. In old England it was the custom
give cakes to poor women who sang in the streets during Christmastide.
The idea of baking special kinds of cookies and cakes at Christmas time
countries. They have taken on forms symbolic of the season. The name
COOKIE has been traced to HOLLAND where a tiny St. Nicholas cake called "Koekje" was
put in children's stockings.
We share with you some delightful COOKIE recipes, which you might like
to make as gifts or treats during the holiday time. These recipes were
they are such fun to make as family or group projects.
CRIMSON APPLE GLOGG
Make 24 cups or 48 servings of 1/2 cup sized portions.
In a large kettle combine: 1 gallon apple juice
____________________2 quarts cranberry juice cocktail
____________________3 cinnamon sticks (each 2 to 3 inches long)
____________________8 whole cloves
Heat to simmering. Pour into a large punch bowl; stir in 1/4 cup
lemon juice and garnish with thin unpeeled orange slices.
THE ADVENT WREATH - [ TOP ]
The Advent wreath with its candles is a reminder. Advent means coming.
It means a time to think about one who is coming. "She will bear a son, and you shall
call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins" (Matt.
In ancient days, the people of Israel waited a long time for the coming
of the Messiah, Jesus. Today we use the four weeks just before Christmas
the coming of God's son, as a baby in the manger, as the Lord of our
lives, as one who will come again in glory. The Advent wreath provides
thinking and talking about Jesus and his coming. It helps us look forward
to Christmas when we light the Christ candle.
There are many elaborate Advent wreaths, some so fragile or so located
that they can never be handled by children. A very simple and inexpensive
can easily and quickly be made by children in Grade 2 and beyond from
these simple directions. The younger children will need some help with
older pupils will use their originality to produce a wreath uniquely
Materials needed for the wreath:
1. Round tops from large oatmeal boxes (or plastic tops from coffee
or shortening tins)
2. Supply of 8 1/2" by 11" construction paper, green
3. Scissors, paper cement or paste
4. Supply of 3 1/2" candles, four white and one red per wreath
1. Cut green wreaths for smaller children (prior to class?); for
older pupils cut several patterns they can use themselves in cutting
2. Measure circumference and height of lid to be used (unless it
is the plastic variety) and cut a green paper strip as wife as the height of
the lid and
an inch longer than its circumference. Adhere it to the vertical surface,
3. Cut a pattern for 5" white circles to cover lid tops. Let pupils
cut out the white circles and mark locations for candles, then glue
circle in place
on the lid.
4. Cut "x" slits at locations for candles. The tool best
for this is a thin knife blade. Do not let children make these incisions
eraser end of pencil gently through slits once to make insertion of
5. Apply paper cement on inner edges of green wreath, center it on lid
base, and press it into place.
6. Supply each wreath-maker with four white candles and one red candle.
Show them how to insert candles but send base and candles home unassembled.
Talk with your class about what the Advent wreath means. If you have
access to a copy machine, you may wish to prepare a flyer on the Advent
children to take home. It could be a very simple description. First,
use the two beginning paragraphs of this article. Then, something about
the wreath and what the focus is each week, such as the following:
To use the Advent wreath, insert the red candle in the center hole and
the white candles in the other holes. On the first Sunday of Advent (four
Christmas) light the first white candle. (Burn it while you sing an Advent
hymn, read the Scriptures, and have family devotions.) This is the candle
us of the promises that there would be Messiah. Blow out the candle.
On the second Sunday, light the first candle again and a second white
Bethlehem where Jesus was born. On the third Sunday light candles one
and two and a third white candle for the shepherds who came to see Jesus.
Sunday light all four candles, the fourth to remind us of the angels
who sang at his birth.
On Christmas, light all the white candles previously used and the red
candle. The waiting is over; the Advent season for this year is now past. "For to
you is born this day in the city of David a Savior" (Luke 2:11).
It is Christmas!
ADVENT EVERYONE'S BIRTHDAY
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The twenty candles on the cake stand for the twenty centuries since Christ's
Birthdays are unique days. We plan celebrations in honor of those we
love. This is especially meaningful for Christmas, Christ's birthday.
A birthday celebration is cross-generational. Everyone can relate to
celebrating birthdays, even 1-year olds.
In a congregational setting, invitations may be sent out, gifts may be
shared with people in need in the community, party games may be played.
CHRISTMAS IS THE BIRTHDAY OF EVERY PERSON. By giving gifts and sending
greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, we are acknowledging that
we are born again.
What is a birthday celebration?
How do we prepare for a celebration?
How do we celebrate?
What do we celebrate?
How do we plan for a visit by a special friend?
P.S. Don't forget the birthday cake. The candles on the cake may symbolize
the centuries mentioned above or the years since the congregation has
THEMES AND THINGS AT A GLANCE - [ TOP ]
Draw names within your family. During Advent, each person does special
favors (secretly) for the family member whose name has been chosen.
Place photos or self-portraits of all church school classes with headline: "Christ
comes to all people."
On the Third Sunday of Advent, celebrate Gaudete, the "joyful" Sunday.
Read the scripture passages which tell of the joy the coming King brings.
Celebrate with a feast of joy, and exchange stories of happiness and
events that bring
joy to family members.
Go "Christmasing." Bring Christmas cookies or bread, candy
or carols to lonely people in your neighborhood or congregation.
Learn a new Advent carol or hymn each week.
Make an Advent mobile.
LIGHTING the candles of the Advent wreath adds anticipation to your family
worship in this season of preparation for the coming of the Savior. Each
candle in the
wreath reminds us of an Advent theme. The first candle is the Prophesy
candle, symbolic of the long years of waiting before Christ's nativity.
the Bethlehem candle, represents the preparations made for the coming
of the Savior.
The Shepherds' candle, the third candle, represents the responsibility
of God's people to share his gospel. The fourth is the Angels' candle,
love and his second coming.
The FIRST Sunday in Advent, four Sundays before Christmas Day, is the
beginning of the church year. Advent means coming. It is a season of
in which Christians look forward to the coming of their Lord. During
Advent God's peoplenot
only anticipate the celebration of the Savior's nativity in Bethlehem,
they also acknowledg their expectation of his glorious second coming.
color associated with kings and royalty, is the color for Advent.
A Christmas Card for the Congregation. Students will make a gigantic
Christmas Card to be presented to the congregation the night of the Christmas
Recycle candles. Melt old ones down to make bigger candles for Luminaries.
Jesus Christ is the light of the world!