Key Resources: Advent and Christmas

With the countdown to Christmas now in double figures our Key Resources blog post series continues with a selection of Christmas books that we have just ordered from Barnabas for Churches for our library. You might like to use our selection to browse for titles to have in your church or for ones to recommend to parents.

The majority of the books listed here are free to borrow from the ChYP’s Ministry Library (Diocesan House, Lady Wootton’s Green, Canterbury, CT1 1NQ) Please do email <a href="mailto:sdonlan@diocant.org”>Sarah if you would like to borrow any of them or with enquires about the other resources that we hold.

The Gingerbread Nativity

Gingerbread NativityThe Gingerbread Activity The success of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off could influence how we celebrate and use baking to mark special occasions! A nativity scene created in gingerbread may not be a usual tradition, but the shared making, baking and decorating is a fun way of unpacking the story and creating a hands-on exploration of Advent over four weekly sessions. The Gingerbread Nativity is the book to recommend to Sunday and midweek groups, Messy Churches, and to use at home and join in the baking trend! For a demonstration of how the book can be used see You Tube.

101 Christmas Activities

101 Christmas ActivitiesThis book is an activity book detailing the story of the first Christmas. It allows you to match, colour, count, find and stick. There are 101 activities related to the events of Jesus’ birth, including four stories to create with full colour stickers.



A Very Noisy Stable

A Very Noisy StableThis is the story of God, some very noisy animals in a very ordinary stable in a little place called Bethlehem, and a very extraordinary baby whose name was Jesus. Children will love the repetitive nature of the story and the noises made by the animals on that first Christmas night.

Who Let the Dads Out?

Who Let the Dads Out?Celebrating ten years of Who Let The Dads Out?, this booklet helps dads to have fun with their kids and build family relationships at Christmas time, with thoughts and suggestions under the headings: Eating together, Playing together, Talking together and Walking together.

Going for Growth Christmas Resources

There are a number of Advent and Christmas resources on the Going for Growth website.going for growth

Mary Hawes: Advent and Christmas Resources on Pinterest

Christmas Crafts & IdeasAs with so many other key topics, Rev. Mary Hawes, the National Going for Growth (Children and Youth) Advisor has compiled a really useful ‘Pinterest’ board on Christmas and advent resources

[Advent Conspiracy]

join the [Advent Conspiracy]‘Tis the season to share. To love. To give ourselves to something bigger than any of us. ‘Tis the season to turn our heads, tune our hearts and worship a saviour whose birth turned this world upside-down. Want to know what it’s all about? [Click Here]

Barnabas in Churches

Live Love Advent
Barnabas in Churches have some great ideas on how to celebrate St Nicholas Day on the 6th December.

Love Life, Live Advent

Live Love Advent
Available singly or in packs of 10 or 50, this great little booklet offers activities, prayers and simple reflections for families through Advent.

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