Proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ

“We Need A Little Advent”

Family Advent Activities

One of the best gifts we Episcopalians can offer the world this time of year is the gift of Advent: We don’t skip from Halloween right over Thanksgiving straight to Christmas. As Black Friday sales expand each year, it can seem like the materialistic side of Christmas begins to start sooner and last longer, and the focus on the newest and best toys (for kids and adults!) overshadows the “true meaning of Advent”.



TNE suggests we all bring a little extra prayer and quiet expectation to Advent, for your family and friends. Most of of know a little about wreaths and calendars, but below are other easy and fun ways to use Advent as a way of teaching children, youth, and adults not about about this wonderful liturgical season, but also ways to help us see Christ in others.

King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland, Georgia has several great family advent suggestions here

The Jesuit’s Loyola Press has some of the best family devotions and activities around:

St. Nicholas Day is December 6th, and the St. Nicholas Center has lots of fun information and activities here

For easy ways to make a difference in the lives of others, try any of these resources

By using these ideas and others, we can teach our children and each other not only about the season of Advent, but also what it means to be a disciple of Christ.

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.  (Collect for Advent 1)

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