Advent and Christmas Resources


Journeying the Way of Love: Advent Curriculum

Journeying the Way of Love: Four-Session Advent Curriculum

For the season of Advent, “Journeying the Way of Love” offers four sessions to be explored as we await the coming of Christ by moving through the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke. Luke’s gospel provides a pattern for understanding how we can live the Way of Love as individuals, as families and friends, as a community, and out in the world. The sessions are specially designed for use during the Christian formation hour before or after worship. Facilitation instructions accommodate small or large groups. Available in English, Spanish, and French.

Journeying the Way of Love: Advent Calendar

To accompany the “Journeying the Way of Love” curriculum, use the Advent calendar, which offers daily suggestions for engaging in the seven practices that encompass the Way of Love: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. The calendar can also be used as a standalone resource–keep  it at your desk or on your fridge and refer to it every day! Available in English, Spanish, and French.

Journeying the Way of Love: Bulletin Inserts

Use bulletin inserts from Sermons That Work to help your congregation participate in the “Journeying the Way of Love” Advent calendar. We provide printable Word docs or PDFs in either full-page or half-page formats with suggested practices for each week of Advent. Available in English and Spanish.


Invitation

Advent and Christmas Digital Invitation Kits

Find digital and printable resources themed for Advent and Christmas here, to help promote special Advent and Christmas events or explain the season itself on social media, your website, or around town. Posters, fliers, postcards, and more are available in English, Spanish, and French.

Update Your Church’s Service Times

Add seasonal service times, descriptions, and languages to your church’s pin on the Episcopal Asset Map. You don’t need a log-in to suggest the change; just find your Episcopal place, click on it, and select “Update This Place.” Need help updating more? Check out our video playlist from Episcopal Relief & Development.


Racial Reconciliation

Preparing to Become Beloved Community

Organized around the four sections of the Becoming Beloved Community labyrinth (telling the truth, repairing the breach, practicing the way, proclaiming the dream), this Advent curriculum can help your small group or congregation to engage in racial reconciliation and reflect on Jesus’ coming among us. Available in English, Spanish, and French. Note: Advent 2021 occurs in Year C.

Prophetic Voices Podcast Series: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community

Across our church and our society, we are having profound dialogues about race, truth, justice, and healing. “Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community” explores where that dialogue intersects with our faith. Join us and our invited guests as we share prophetic voices and explore the lectionary through the lens of social justice. Available in English.


Formation

Lesson Plans That Work

Designed to follow the Revised Common Lectionary, these lesson plans are written by experienced church school teachers using practical approaches to respond to the needs of volunteer teachers. Available in English. 

D365

These devotions are written by ministers, professors, students, teachers, missionaries, denominational leaders, and others who work with and care for students. Typically, an author writes on a single theme for one week. In these devotions, you will read honest struggles and questions, all in the context of real faith. As you read the thoughts of the writers, think about your own response to the Scripture for the day. Let the writer’s words serve as background for your own conversation with God. Starting Nov. 28, D365 will highlight the season of Advent with the theme, “Following the Star.” D365.org is a joint partnership of The Episcopal Church Office for Youth Ministries, Presbyterian Youth and Triennium Office and Ministries of the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Congregational Life Office of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Available in English. 


Episcopal Migration Ministries

Join Episcopal Migration Ministries during this season of Advent for a virtual Advent calendar featuring reflections, prayers, art, and music from voices across The Episcopal Church. We invite you to pray and reflect with us on the topic of refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants. Join us at bit.ly/EMMAdvent2021.


Sermons That Work

Journeying the Way of Love: Bulletin Inserts

Use bulletin inserts from Sermons That Work to help your congregation participate in the “Journeying the Way of Love” Advent calendar. We provide printable Word docs or PDFs in either full-page or half-page formats with suggested practices for each week of Advent. Available in English and Spanish.

Sermons for Advent and Christmas 2021

Sermons That Work is pleased to once again present a compilation of this year’s Advent and Christmas sermons from some of the best preachers in The Episcopal Church. Whether you use this book for private devotionals and inspiration, small group study, or reading from the pulpit, we pray that you will find this holy season brightened by the Everlasting Light. Available in English and Spanish.


From Our Partners

AdventWord

For the eighth year, #AdventWord will gather prayers via a global, online Advent calendar. Forward Movement, the new home of AdventWord, will offer 28 daily meditations and images during this holy season beginning Sunday, Nov. 28. Available in English, Spanish, and French.

Churches Beyond Borders: Joint Devotions 2021

The Heads of Communion of Churches Beyond Borders called for this year’s devotions to focus on gender-based violence, looking at both awareness and healing. This booklet contains 16 devotions, timed with and inspired by the annual United Nations campaign, 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The campaign runs from Nov. 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to Dec. 10 (International Human Rights Day). Available in English and Spanish.

One Thousand Days of Love Advent Toolkit

Join Episcopal Relief & Development this Advent to create, learn and pray. Their One Thousand Days of Love Advent Toolkit includes DIY projects for families and communities that will take you from Advent to Christmas and through Epiphany.

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