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Advent Resources 

Advent and Christmas Calendar 

Please share with the diocese any plans for special services or celebrations your church is hosting.Whether it's a virtual Christmas pageant or Zoom candlelight service, please post the information to the diocesan calendar here using the category "Advent & Christmas".
Find Advent events and a list of Christmas services in the diocese here.

A Christmas Message from Bishop Thomas Brown

"My prayer is that we the people of God called to be the Diocese of Maine… will embrace the pause, join together in prayer, and proclaim the glad news of our Savior's birth," Bishop Thomas J. Brown said in his Christmas Message 2020. Watch the video message below. 

Sermon from Bishop Thomas Brown for Advent 1

Watch a video sermon from Bishop Brown for Sunday, November 29. It's available here on YouTube. Download the transcript here

Christmas Eve Virtual Candlelight Service with the Cathedral of St. Luke

Watch the YouTube video release of a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service from St. Luke’s with the Bishop Thomas Brown preaching! This pre-recorded service will be available for viewing HERE beginning at 5:00 pm on Christmas Eve. Find more Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve services around The Church HERE on our web calendar. 

An Advent Moment: Messages of Hope from Our Clergy 

Clergy of the diocese are sharing short messages of hope with us this season. Take a moment to listen to these on the Faith in Maine podcast by clicking on the graphic below or dialing 207-223-6402. View video by visiting Facebook here periodically to see new videos throughout Advent. Clergy who wish to participate should record a one to two minute video. Email it to Katie Clark

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NEW! AdventOnline.faith

watercolour splash2A new wonderful collaborative project provides an 'Advent Online' Calendar and a rich library of resources for all churches and Christians to draw from and share with their people.
The Advent Online Library covers the themes of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy through the lenses of scripture, music, visual art, tradition, and creative writing. Pieces have been specially created for this project and with the particular and extraordinary context of this year in mind.
How can I use it?
1) You can browse the library and make use of the pieces that would be relevant to your context.
2) You might share the selection for each day with your church congregations for them to use.
3) You might share individual elements to your own social media or web channels, choosing what will be appropriate for your church.
4) You might download and use the materials within your own services or study groups.

Christmas Season Pass from The National Cathedral

Get your Christmas Season Pass today! Join a wondrous Christmas season at The National Cathedral. Register with your email address and they'll deliver every Christmas concert and service directly to your inbox! Register here

Advent and Christmas Resources from The Episcopal Church

Find the items below and more by visiting: https://episcopalchurch.org/advent-and-christmas-resources   
Preparing to Become the Beloved Community
Journeying the Way of Love Advent Curriculum and Calendar
Sermons for Advent and Christmas
Refugee Prayer Vigil from Episcopal Migration Ministries 

Hope Incarnate: Planning Worship for Advent and Christmas from VTS

A webinar on September 16 exploring Advent and Christmas worship and music in 2020

Devotional Calendars

An Advent Devotional Calendar 
LivingWell Through Advent 2020: Practicing Hope With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind
   Download our Advent devotional as a FREE PDF file
   Order our Advent devotional as a FREE printed devotional (up to 200 books)
   Enroll to receive each day’s reading via a daily email 
Advent Devotions from Lutherans and Anglicans
#AdventWord: Global Online Prayers, Meditations, and Podcast

St. Nicholas Celebrations  

christmas 1887306 640Celebrating St. Nicholas - Activities, articles, recipes, and more from the St. Nicholas Center. 
St. Nicholas Connecting the Past and the Present - Richelle Thompson shares what happened when St. Nicholas visited her congregation. 
St. Nicholas Day Resources - Jim Rosenthal shares tools for offering an in-depth look at Santa.   

Stations of the Nativity

Stations of the Nativity - from The Living Church docs
Stations of the Nativity - book by Patrick Kelly

What is Advent? What does Christmas Mean?  

Advent in 2 Minutes - Not quite sure how to explain what exactly Advent is? This video by Busted Halo can help.  
Advent: Taking it to the Streets - Our church brings ashes to the street on Ash Wednesday; how might we bring Advent to the streets during this hectic season?   

Creating Christmas Video Messages 

Christmas Messages - Short, simple, and powerful. Create a video message or ad for Christmas that’s easy to produce.   

Remembering those who Grieve

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Preparing for a Blue Christmas - Resources for Blue Christmas services.




Activities for Younger Children

The Kid Compass resource guides for parents and leaders for three age groups
K-2 / 3-5 / 6-8 
 Episcopal Relief & Development offers a One Thosand Days of Love craft idea each week of Advent 

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