So once again I am trying to condense the endless resources out there to assist us in designing worship services and activities for this season. It is a little overwhelming I know. This is one of several posts on Advent/Christmas resources that I have updated this year, that I hope will help. A free download of all the lists, created last year, plus additional information is available here.
For some the observances revolve around the lighting of the Advent candles and the Eucharistic celebration. For others it is the preaching of the gospel story and the Christmas pageant that take centre stage. Whatever your faith orientation here are some of my favourite resource sites that I think you will find useful. I have tried to draw from any traditions and cultures.
Liturgical Resource Sites for Advent and Christmas
Advent resources from Ignatian Spirituality:
Christmas & Advent ideas from David Keen at Ideas, Resources and Donkey Rides
Bosco Peters in New Zealand has great Advent and Christmas resources at liturgy.co.nz
The Billabong is a helpful Australian site with resources for both kids and adults.
John Birch has the most wonderful Celtic Advent liturgies available.
And from John Van de Laar in South Africa another stirring Advent/Christmas liturgy.
Text This Week always has an awesome array of resources for all seasons, but especially for Advent and Christmas.
ECF Vital Practices has an excellent list of resources for parishes for Advent and Christmas including checklists and creative ideas.
Lectionary Liturgies provides liturgies based on the RCL readings for each Sunday of the church year.
Lent and Beyond – An Anglican Prayer blog also posts good seasonal resources.
And the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese has some interesting icons and explanation of Christmas from an Orthodox perspective.
Blue Eyed Ennis has a great list of Advent resources on her blog that are worth looking at.
Innovative Approaches to Worship
My favourites here are:
Advent calendar in sound – something to recommend to your congregation for their daily reflections.
Tweeted Christmas by Numbers – a great idea put together by Jonny Baker and the people at Grace in London.
Experiential Worship provides ideas and downloads for worship for all seasons.
Looking for Art Work
Joy Paron has a beautiful set of daily reflections she put together last year using collage art work she created. It is well worth a visit.
Biblical Art provides art classes, clip art and more for worship services.
Plan an Advent or Christmas Outreach
Christmas is the season when all of us think of giving to our favourite charities, the homeless and the poor, but there are other ways to that we can give at this season.
United Methodist Church has some good ideas for an Advent outreach in this article – everything from scavenger hunt with random acts of kindness to Christmas eve cookie give away for people who must work.
On my blog Godspace I posted these suggestions for ways to reach to our neighbours during the Advent and Christmas seasons and share the joy of the season, especially with those who are alone, disabled or overlooked.
Passionate homemaker also has some good ideas on how to reach out at this season.