Advent & Christmas
Advent and Christmas
Using Advent and Christmas Symbols in Sunday School
Leader: Debbie Kolacki
New Ways of Doing the Christmas Pageant
Leader: Debbie Kolacki
Blue Christmas Service Websites
Many find Christmas a difficult time, especially those who are grieving the loss of loved-ones. There are many resources available for designing such a service in your church.
General Board of Discipleship (UMC)
Christmas Carols Websites
The lyrics and origins of the most popular Christmas carols are included on this site together with popular Christmas songs and Christmas poems.
This site has a Christmas Music Quiz with background stories of many Christmas carols.
The Christmas Customs Website has a brief history of Christmas Carols.
This brief article on the history of Christmas carols has links on the page to more information on specific carols and songs.
This site has an extensive list of well known and little known carols with lyrics and background notes.
Wikipedia’s entry for Christmas carols includes the history of Christmas carols in various parts of the world.
Advent & Christmas Websites for CE Leaders and Teachers
The Advent Conspiracy offers a free four week curriculum for kids based on the four tenets of Advent Conspiracy: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All. There is also a free four week curriculum for families.
The Christmas page of the Building Faith website has links to articles on a variety of topics including Christmas pageants, how to welcome visitors on Christmas Eve, and children’s Christmas books.
This website sells reasonably priced resources for churches to give to children and families including Advent calendars, hands-on Advent chains, sticker books, activity books, and family devotionals.
Flame Creative Children’s Ministry
The Advent Family Ideas page of this website has ideas for activities and crafts which could also be used in children’s ministry.
Ideas for Reclaiming Advent and Christmas
This page of the website of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has a downloadable booklet which offers ways to prepare for the holiday by simplifying life, incorporating prayers, giving alternative gifts and serving sustainable foods.
St. Nicholas Center
This website has extensive information about the first Santa Claus - St. Nicholas - how he is celebrated throughout the world, and resources for celebrating him.
Advent and Christmas Websites for Sunday School
Directions for Advent games
Advent bingo intergenerational
Bible Pictionary game ideas for children
Pictionary of carols
Christmas games in PowerPoint
How to make a Jeopardy board game
Christmas charades words