Advent & Christmas

Seasonal

RECORDED WEBINARS

Advent and Christmas

 Using Advent and Christmas Symbols in Sunday School
Leader: Debbie Kolacki

Worship for All Ages: Ideas for Advent
Handouts:

    Family Worship Guide - Advent 4
    Advent Resources
    Interactive Advent Prayers
    Advent Visual Benedictions

Leader: Karen Ware Jackson

 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.

Building Faith

Clergy Leadership Institute

Cokesbury

General Board of Discipleship (UMC)

Blue Christmas – The Longest Night Worship with those Who Mourn

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas – A Service of Reflection for the Longest Night

A Service of Word and Table for the Longest Night – Blue Christmas

Nouwen Network

PCUSA

From The Whole People of God (Wood Lake Books)

Young Clergy Women

Children’s Christmas Sermons Websites

Sermons4Kids

Talks2Kids

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.
http://www.carols.org.uk/

This site has a Christmas Music Quiz with background stories of many Christmas carols.
http://www3.pair.com/montrsmu/quiz.html

The Christmas Customs Website has a brief history of Christmas Carols.
http://whychristmas.com/customs/carols_history.shtml

This brief article on the history of Christmas carols has links on the page to more information on specific carols and songs.
http://musiced.about.com/od/christmasnewyeararticles/a/carols.htm

This site has an extensive list of well known and little known carols with lyrics and background notes.
http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/HTML/index_of_carols_ab.htm

Wikipedia’s entry for Christmas carols includes the history of Christmas carols in various parts of the world.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_carols

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Advent & Christmas Websites for CE Leaders and Teachers

Advent Conspiracy
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.

Building Faith
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.

Creative Communications
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

Companies that sell Advent/Christmas resources to give to children and adults
Faithguides
Creative Communications for the Parish
Christian Tools of Affirmation

Companies that sells materials to make Advent wreaths
Autom
Catholic Supply

Directions for making and using Advent wreaths
How to make and use an Advent wreath
Making Advent wreaths
Advent wreath craft for preschoolers
Kid friendly family Christmas Advent ceremony

Directions for making Advent calendars and chains
Happy Birthday Jesus Advent calendar
Amy’s Free Ideas Advent calendars
Advent calendar craft
Calendar crafts for kids
2012 printable Advent chain

Directions for making a Manger of Love
Manger of love
Good deeds manger for baby Jesus
Good deeds and sacrifices for baby Jesus
3-D stand up paper manger
How to make Jesus in a manger

Directions for making a Jesse Tree
Make a Jesse Tree
Jesse Tree family devotions

Directions for making Chrismons
Children’s Chrismons
Chrismons
Chrismons information

Directions for making Christingles
How to make a Christingle
Christingle

Directions for miscellaneous Advent and Christmas craft activities
Sunday School Kids
Nativity crafts
Free Christmas lesson plans
Advent and Christmas crafts

Directions for Advent games
Advent bingo
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

Directions for making Christmas foods
Lollipop angels
Lollipop angels 2
Gingerbread nativity
Gingerbread nativity 2
Gingerbread nativity scene
The legend of the candy cane
The candy cane legend

Christmas pageants
Christmas plays for churches
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Birth of Jesus
The First Christmas
A Brand New Star
Dramatix scripts

Puppet shows
Christmas puppet show
“What’s Christmas All About” puppet skit

Music
Can We Sing Christmas Carols During Advent?
Christmas song lyrics
Christmas carols sheet music

St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas center
How to Teach Children the History of Kris Kringle

Service and Mission Organizations
Heifer International
SERRV
Angel Tree
Children’s Fund for Christian Mission (UMC)

Resources for an alternative Christmas
The Advent Conspiracy
A Different Kind of Christmas Children’s Study
Christmas Gifts that Won’t Break Children’s Study