Advent Resources 

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".
Advent events in the diocese can be viewed here.

A Sermon from Bishop Thomas Brown for the First Sunday of Advent

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

An Advent Moment: Messages of Hope from Our Clergy 

Clergy of the diocese have been invited to share short messages with us this season. Take a moment to listen by clicking on the graphic below or visiting Facebook here periodically to see new videos throughout the season. 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.

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
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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

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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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