Advent and Christmas / Intergenerational activites / Uncategorized

Avoiding Christmas Eve Freak Out

After a long, purposeful Christmas planning meeting yesterday, one of the staff vowed, “I will not freak out. I will not freak out.” I keep repeating the statement as  I tackle the laundry list of details big and small that go into planning Christmas Eve worship with children. For those of you planning pageants, impromptu … Continue reading

What new thing? an Advent Reflection
Advent and Christmas / Prayer / Thoughts on Faith / Uncategorized

What new thing? an Advent Reflection

In past years, I have known what has been growing in Advent’s womb. My relationship with Brian began on Thanksgiving day. By Christmas we were talking marriage. Together we have felt our own babies’ kicks during Advent, twice. We have prepared for new homes. We have learned traditions in a new country. New ministries and … Continue reading

Advent & Christmas Eve Resources
Advent and Christmas / Faith Formation (formerly Sunday School) / Uncategorized / Welcoming All Families

Advent & Christmas Eve Resources

Are you finished planning Advent yet? I’ll be finalizing this next week (hopefully!). This year, due to scheduling of the pageant and cantata, we will not have Sunday school classes during worship. I’m excited about exploring how to incorporate faith formation into worship. We’ll likely be using Godly Play scripts, using real people as the … Continue reading

Family Advent Devotional
Advent and Christmas / Arts and Crafts / Home Faith Kits

Family Advent Devotional

Each Advent we like to provide families with readings and prayers for home that compliment our worship service. Last Sunday, in our prek-4th grade class we made mason jar Advent candles that were sent home with families. They could easily be assembled from materials found at home. Grace families, I have a few extra materials if you … Continue reading