Advent Countdowns, Ideas and a Conspiracy

If you missed this back in November it might help those last minute or sudden stand-in situations…anything to help reduce stress is a great plan!

Here is a fab, almost-christmas list of a variety of Advent Countdowns from around the web, mostly collated by the wonderful Mary Hawes.

Advent Countdowns

The Children’s Society
ROOTS on line
Make your own Advent Calendar
Friends and Heroes
An Advent Activity Tree
Egg Box Advent Calendar
Love Life, Live Advent
Advent in two minutes

Advent Conspiracy

Advent Conspiracy
Advent Conspiracy is a resource for churches to engage in authentic Worship and Giving at Christmas more fully- a simple idea for you to take and run with. Be creative and bless those in need by giving relationally as God gave His Son to us at Christmas.
Advent Conspiracy was started in 2006 by five pastors who decided to make Christmas a revolutionary event by encouraging their faith communities to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All . The response was overwhelming and the Conspiracy was born. The vision for our project is a collaboration between Rick McKinley of Imago Dei Community in Portland, OR; Greg Holder from The Crossing in St. Louis, MO; and Chris Seay of Ecclesia in Houston, TX.

Advent & Christmas Ideas

Multi-Age Advent Resource  This great resource helps households, small groups and multi-age congregations engage with the Advent Lectionary reading in a range of creative ways
The Explore and Express blog has a huge range of ideas, from the Godly Play Advent story to a Nature Nativity and a Nature Advent calendar.
Christmas crafts including an Envelope Nativity and a Clothes Peg Nativity.
Nativity Pass the Parcel A simple way to tell the story
Christingle Services tell the story of God’s love for the world and raise awareness of the work of the Children’s Society
Bring a King for Epiphany – Matthew tells us there were three gifts – but not the number of kings! Invite families to bring a king from their Nativity set to the Epiphany Service and include them in a procession/journey round the church.

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