View of bench against christmas tree and shining lantern through snowing. Night shot.

With Advent we begin the journey to the Incarnation and the amazing mystery of God with Us. In the four weeks given to us to prepare our hearts and minds, we can remind ourselves to step back from the busyness of our days, into a place of calm and reflection, and get ready to welcome anew Christ Our Lord into our lives.

Advent begins this year on November 27 and we hope the resources below will help you enter into the season. Have a great resource of your own you would like to share? Let us know! We’d love to include it here.

Families and Children

These nine ideas for church and home will help young children and their families get ready for Christmas.

Youth and Adult Formation

Allow an hour for the Advent Wreath Transformation Station, a hands-on activity that combines scripture readings, meditation, and prayer, while creating a wreath full of symbols of the season.

The online course, Getting more out of the Bible with Justin Welby, will be available from Advent Sunday (27 November) to Christmas Eve. Archbishop Justin Welby commented: “A key message of the Bible is transformation. And now, more than ever, our lives, communities, and society will all benefit from the re-discovery of the Bible as a source of transformation.” The course takes approximately 45  minutes to complete.

Teaching and Preaching

Advent Lectionary Project: Justice, Reconciliation & Hope “takes a fresh look at the Revised Common Lectionary for Advent 2016 in an effort to bring focused reflections on too-often overlooked justice and reconciliation themes in the portions of Scripture assigned for the start of the Church Year.”

Daily Disciplines

Check out the Office of Faith Formation’s Advent blog.

Beginning November 27 all you need is your phone and a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account to share daily meditations, photos, and prayers with Christians from around the world. This unique Advent calendar is a digital ministry, known as #AdventWord, of the  Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE). Learn more.

Make Ready the Feast, sponsored by The Episcopal Church, will highlight one scripture citation and one recipe each day of Advent, with background information on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and the Episcopal Church website. The focus is “the interplay between food and faith at two tables – the altar and the kitchen table.”

Prefer contemplating text in the form of a book? Try Watch for the Light, a collection of daily reflections by authors ranging from Annie Dillard and Sylvia Plath to Dietrich Bonhoeffer and C.S. Lewis.