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
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.
A 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.
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
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
An Advent Devotional Calendar
LivingWell Through Advent 2020: Practicing Hope With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind
Advent Devotions from Lutherans and Anglicans
#AdventWord: Global Online Prayers, Meditations, and Podcast
St. Nicholas Celebrations
Stations of the Nativity
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
- Short, simple, and powerful. Create a video message or ad for Christmas that’s easy to produce.
Remembering those who Grieve
Activities for Younger Children
The Kid Compass resource guides for parents and leaders for three age groups