Advent

Advent Season is a very special time of year that sometimes gets lost in the bright lights of the Christmas season.

The Advent Season is all about reflecting on how we can prepare our hearts and homes for Christ’s birth in the world as it is today. It is a time for Christians to remember, through prayer and reflection, what the true meaning of Jesus’ birth is, and the promise of His return to heal us. We have prepared daily devotions to help you prepare for Christmas so that we can join together in waiting for our Savior to return. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed preparing them for you.

If you would like a downloadable Advent Book, please click HERE.

If you would like to print a Bible Reading Plan edition of Advent, please click HERE.


The first thing you need for an advent guide is an advent wreath. This is a fun activity you can do with your friends or family in a short time. There are many ways you can build an advent wreath, so use your imagination and make it uniquely yours!
 

Building your Advent Wreath

To properly use an advent guide, you must have an advent wreath! Maybe you already have one at your home that you need to get out of the closet or attic and clean up, or perhaps this is an excellent opportunity to get together with friends or family and build a creative advent wreath! Either way, take some time and put together your wreath before going further in this guide! Every wreath is composed of four candles arranged in a circle corresponding to a theme in the advent season. The three purple candles represent Hope, Peace, and Joy, while the lone pink candle represents Love. You may also place a white candle representing Christ in the middle of the advent wreath. You will light this candle on Christmas Eve. Below is one example of how to craft an Advent wreath out of household items. So be creative in crafting your wreath and look for more tips and ideas on our website listed below.

Supplies needed:

Playdough/or homemade dough
Homemade dough recipe:
1 cup bleached white flour
1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Food coloring (green)
5 candles
 
 

Advent Week One • Hope

Saturday, November 27 | Jeremiah 33:14

Sunday, November 28 | Luke 1:5-25

Monday, November 29 | Isaiah 7:10-14

Tuesday, November 30 | Isaiah 9:6-7

Wednesday, December 1 | Isaiah 11:1-5

Thursday, December 2 | Isaiah 11:6-10

Friday, December 3 | John 1:14-18


Hope

Share the hope we have in Jesus.

Advent Adventures

‣ Drive to a store that has a Salvation Army bell ringer just to donate (without going into the store to buy anything). Then tell the bell ringer “Merry Christmas. There is hope because of Jesus. Do you know him?”

‣ Contact Children’s Hospital or a local clinic and arrange to drop off Christmas happies / treats for patients that are in long-term care. Provide a care basket for family members.

‣ Perform a secret act of kindness for someone and leave a note that reads “Merry Christmas. There is hope because of Jesus.”

‣ To demonstrate gratitude to a lady in your life, buy her a ticket to Broadmoor’s Women’s Christmas Gathering.

‣ Order out one night, put on Christmas music, and spend the night putting up a Christmas tree and decorations.

Share your favorite

Advent Week Two • Peace

Saturday, December 4 | Luke 1:26-34

Sunday, December 5 | Romans 15:8-13

Monday, December 6 | Psalm. 25:1-5

Tuesday, December 7 | Psalm 25:6-10

Wednesday, December 8 | Psalm 27:1-7

Thursday, December 9 | Psalm 27:8-9

Friday, December 10 | Micah 5:2


Peace

Rest in the peace Jesus brings.

Advent Adventures

‣ Make a fort or pallet from pillows and blankets on the living room floor to read your favorite Christmas story. Remind each other Jesus gives us real peace.

‣ Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater to the Chris Tomlin concert or out to dinner in a restaurant. Be completely confident and at peace in your wardrobe decision and remind each other of the peace Jesus brings us in the middle of difficult times.

‣ Christmas can be a hard season for some. With this in mind, bake your favorite Christmas dessert and make extra for a neighbor. When you deliver the goodies, wish your neighbor a Merry Christmas and offer to pray for them.

‣ Walk your neighborhood, praying for your neighbors along the way. As you encounter others, wish them a Merry Christmas, and offer to pray for them.

‣ Create a night of peaceful rest in your home one night this week. During this busy season, dedicate one night to creating a non-rushed, lingering evening with no devices, television, or responsibilities. Consider why this is so difficult and share with others what this requires of you and evokes inside you.

Advent Week Three • Joy

Saturday, December 11 | Luke 1:39-45

Sunday, December 12 | Matthew 2:1-12

Monday, December 13 | Luke 2:1-7

Tuesday, December 14 | 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Wednesday, December 15 | Romans 15:1-4

Thursday, December 16 | Romans 15:5-7

Friday, December 17 | Matthew 1:18-25


Joy

Celebrate Jesus’ coming for us.

Advent Adventures

‣ Wearing your wackiest PJs, load up in the car to check out Christmas lights. Along the way, go to a drive-through, and ask for eggnog, Christmas cookies, and treats for reindeer back at home. After a few awkward moments, place a real order, thank the employee for their patience, and wish them a Merry Christmas.

‣ Write a “new” Christmas carol, personalizing (re-writing) the words to one of your favorites.

‣ Invite others to join you in a dance party to a fun, upbeat, Christmas album.

‣ Enlist your life group to do a Christmas Scavenger Hunt, using the 12 Days of Christmas and social media to create a great evening.

‣ Invite a friend or friends to join you for Broadmoor’s Christmas program. Take time to take pictures in Broadmoor’s commons. Make it fun by printing the pictures as a Christmas Card to a few friends (not connected to a church) to invite them to the Christmas Eve services.

Advent Week Four • Love

Saturday, December 18 | John 3:16

Sunday, December 19 | Luke 1:31-33

Monday, December 20 | Luke 1:46-66

Tuesday, December 21 | Luke 1:67-80

Wednesday, December 22 | John 1:14

Thursday, December 23 | Luke 2:8-10

Friday, December 24 | Luke 2:11-14


Love

Show Jesus’ love to others.

Advent Adventures

‣ Set up a free Hot Chocolate and Christmas Cookie stand in your neighborhood.

‣ Visit friends’ homes, sing Christmas Carols, and hand out candy canes.

‣ Shop for a gift to give to a local charity that provides items for families in need.

‣ Attend a Christmas Eve Service and invite a neighbor or friend to go with you.


Father, as we light this candle, we thank You for the perfect Gift of Your Son Jesus. We can only imagine the love You felt for Your creation as You sent Jesus, wrapping Him in humanity, and commissioning Him to do what we could not do ourselves. Thank You for offering Your son Jesus as our salvation. With adoration and love in our hearts, we acknowledge You are Holy, Holy, Holy!


Saturday, December 25

Christ

Reflect on the incredible gift of Jesus.

Luke 2:15-20

Just imagine the awesome scene, both grand and intimate at the same time. The final chords of the angelic choir ring through the night sky. Shepherds seeking out their promised Gift, compelled to share the good news with others. Mary and Joseph, in their quiet shelter, peacefully mesmerized by their infant son. And baby Jesus, God in flesh …the Creator now dwelling with His creation. This is the good news of Christmas: The holy God who had been betrayed by His creation over and over again, abandoned His throne, wrapping himself in human form, lowering himself to be and do what we could never be or do. Jesus’ birth positioned Him to be our sacrifice and our victory over the death we deserved. We must remember that Christmas is not an event. Not a date on the calendar. It is THE gift of God. The Savior is with us.

Father in Heaven. You are worthy of all worship and honor! As we light this candle, we confess that, on our own, we are completely broken. On this Christmas Day, we want to say “thank you” for healing what we break and buying us back from the death we deserve. Your gift to us is real life that is full and rich, through Your Son, Jesus. In your Word, we read stories of Your greatness and faithfulness. In our own lives, we know the personal stories of your greatness and faithfulness. So, Father, give us hearts to share these stories and the gift of Jesus with those around us.


Other Advent Wreath Ideas

 

Supplies needed:

Metal bundt pan/or container

Floral foam blocks

Assorted holiday greenery

Pinecones

Advent candles (3 purple, 1 pink)

White for Christmas Eve

 

Cut foam to fit into bundt pan. Press each candle firmly into foam (you can add a little hot glue). Then place greenery and pinecones around candles. 


Flame Free Option for Kids

Supplies needed:

Cardboard tube
4 flicker candles
Glue gun/glue sticks
Purple ribbon
Pink ribbon
Green tissue paper 1” squares
Red tissue paper 1” squares
Yellow tissue paper 1" squares (optional for flames)
Green paper plate

 

The plate will be the base of the wreath. Cut 4 sections from a cardboard tube to hold your flicker candles. Wrap and glue the ribbon around the tube. Scrunch and glue tissue around the tubes on the plate, and when dry place the flicker candles in the tubes. (Instead of using the battery-operated votives, you could just you yellow tissue paper twisted and glued to the top of the cardboard tube to indicate that a candle has been lit.)


Coloring Page

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