2019 Advent Resources

Christmas is coming. That thought can drive us into a frenzy of activity or slow us to cherish each day. This Advent season, we hope you’ll find these resources valuable as you prepare your heart for the coming of Christ.

WHAT IS ADVENT?
Advent is a period of roughly 4 weeks leading up to Christmas. If you’re unfamiliar with Advent, it is a season of anticipation. (Think “adventure,” which actually comes from the same latin root.) During Advent, we prepare for Christ’s arrival. We remind ourselves that all is not right in the world, and what we need most is not a thing but a person. We need a savior. Not presents. Presence.

WHAT CHRIST BRINGS
Many families observe the four weeks of Advent by lighting candles. Typically 4 candles are arranged in a circle or wreath. These symbolize four great gifts Christ brings us: hope, love, joy, and peace. Inside the circle, a fifth candle is placed to symbolize Christ. Each Sunday a new candle is lit, representing these gifts. If you like, you could include lighting candles with the daily readings or 4 week devotionals below.

RESOURCES
2019 Daily Advent Readings (view or download)
4 week Advent Conspiracy Devotional (worship fully, spend less, give more, love all)
Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt (Free entertainment? Yes, please!)
Relational Gift Ideas (showing up, spreading compassion)