There are obviously endless resources out there to assist us in designing worship services and activities for this season. 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 tired to draw from any traditions and cultures. This is the first of several posts on Advent/Christmas resources. A free download of all the lists plus additional information is available here.
Advent resources from Ignatian Spirituality:
Christmas & Advent ideas from David Keen at Ideas, Resources and Donkey Rides
Bosco Peters in New Zealand has wonderful Advent and Christmas resources at liturgy.co.nz
The Billabong is a great 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.
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.
Biblical Art provides art classes, clip art and more for worship services.
And the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese has some interesting icons and explanation of Christmas from an Orthodox perspective.
Experiential Worship provides ideas and downloads for worship for all seasons.
I love some of the ideas on this Ultimate Christmas list from the U.K.
Blue Eyed Ennis has a great list of Advent resources on her blog that are worth looking at.
Last but not least Pick and Print gallery has an amazing collection of links to different sites that have free Christian clip art not just for Advent but for the entire Christian year.
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.
Resources from MSA.
MSA has a variety of resources available for celebrating the season of Advent and Christmas
A Journey Toward Home: Soul Travel For Advent to Lent compiled by Kristin Carroccino and Christine Sine
Waiting for the Light: An Advent Devotional compiled by Ricci Kilmer, Susan Wade and Christine Sine
Return to Our Senses: Reimagining How We Pray by Christine Sine
Prayer Cards. – more than Christmas gifts. These have been used for daily devotions, grief counselling, small groups and congregational prayers.
Each year at MSA we produce an Advent meditation video. These can be viewed online or purchased by in high resolution by download or DVD.
Advent 2013 – Come Home to God.
Advent 2012 – Alleluia – The Christ Child Comes.
The entire series of Advent videos from 2007-2012
In 2013 we also produced a series of podcasts hosted by Christine Sine and Ryan Marsh that you may like to listen to.
First week of Advent with Tara Ward and Chelle Stearns listen here,
Second week of Advent with Aaron Strumpel, Dwight Friesen, and Donna and Jim Mathwig listen here
Third Week of Advent with Karen Ward, Tacey Howe Wispelwey and Mary September listen here
Fourth Week of Advent with Lacey Brown, and Tom Sine listen here.
This post is part of a series on resources for Advent. You might like to check out the other posts or download the entire resource list here.
This is part of a series on resources for Advent/Christmas. Check out the other posts: