Getting Ready for Advent & Christmas – Worship Resources for 2019

by Christine Sine

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. Check out other resource lists on the Godspace resource page 

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

Greek Patriarch celebrates Christmas liturgy

Greek Patriarch celebrates Christmas liturgy photo by WAFA

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. 

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.

engageworship.org is a UK site which has some good seasonal resources.

Anglicans Online Advent Worship 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

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Advent worship

My favourites here are:

Advent Waiting Experience Sacred Space – Lilly Lewin

Interactive worship – for Advent: The Feeling of Waiting and Prayers of the People Station  as well as this community made icon really inspired me.

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

Christmas Star Artwork Shelby Selvidge

Christmas Star Artwork Shelby Selvidge

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.

A rich array of Advent resources as well as Christmas and Epiphany from Churchyear.net

Don’t forget to check out the Godspace Advent/Christmas devotional cards and reflections.

We also have devotionals for the season available – together with the cards.

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.  

This is part of a series on resources for Advent/Christmas. Check out the other posts:

You can check these out in our resource section. 

Godspace has a number of Advent resources available for both free download and purchase. Check them out in our store

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