Advent is a time of preparation in anticipation of Christmas, the celebration or our Lord’s birth. This time of preparation can take many forms and has many different customs and traditions in different households. Go here to learn a little bit more about Advent. Advent begins the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, November 27, 2016.
Many individuals and families use the season of Advent to begin or re-commit to a daily devotion time. Apostles will be lighting the Advent candles at the beginning of each service after the opening worship songs. There will be a devotion accompanying the candle lighting.
The Children’s Ministry will give each family with nursery aged children through grade six will be receiving a book called Christmas Love Letters from God. You can learn more about the book in an interview with the author Glenys Nellist here. Glenys has taken the familiar and beloved stories from Christmas and included at the end of each story, a personalized love letter to your child/ren from God. The best part of this book is that the chapters line up perfectly with the Sundays of Advent and take us right up through Epiphany.
- Sunday, December 4 – Join Mary’s Song of thanksgiving and think of how we sing Christmas carols of joy today. Luke 1:46-55
- Sunday, December 11 – Read about Joseph’s Dream and the plan God had for Joseph to be Jesus’ daddy and the plans He has for us. Matthew 1:18-25
- Sunday, December 18 – As Mary and Joseph travel Bethlehem’s Road, remember together it was God who was leading them all the way. Luke 2:1-5
- Sunday, December 25 – Celebrate together on Christmas morning the Jesus Joy of our Savior’s birth, the perfect gift, our very best present. Luke 2:6-21
- Sunday, January 1 – Consider that the story doesn’t end but invite your children to join the Shepherd’s Surprise that God had chosen to tell them great things, just like He does for us. Luke 2:8-20
- Sunday, January 8 – As you finish the season, with the story of the Wise Men’s Wonder, you’ll get to remind your children that the greatest gift they can give to Jesus is their heart. What a wonderful way to start the New Year together! Matthew 2:1-12
It is my prayer that each family discover afresh their place in God’s great rescue plan.