Page 3 - 2017 Advent Guide






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The word Advent means “coming.” Christians observe the season of Advent as a time to
               prepare our hearts in anticipation of Jesus’ second coming by refl ecting on the fulfi llment
               of God’s promise to his people in the birth of Jesus, the fi rst Christmas. Advent is also the
               beginning of the liturgical year. The season begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas
               and ends on the day before Christmas. There are many ways to mark this special time of
               year at church and at home.

               Some families enjoy using an Advent calendar as a fun way of counting the days before
               Christmas. I have fond memories of waking up, opening the window on my calendar to
               reveal a scripture verse or a picture that told the story of Jesus’ birth, and enjoying a piece
               of chocolate before breakfast that my mom would leave for me. I continue this tradition
               with my children to this day. In many churches and homes, Advent wreaths (consisting of
               candles placed in a circle of evergreens) are used along with Bible readings for the four
               Sundays before Christmas and for Christmas Day to tell the story of hope, love, joy, and
               peace that God o ers to us through a relationship with Jesus.

               Our hope is that the themes, readings, activities, and prayers included in this guide will
               encourage you and your family to observe the season of Advent and experience the love
               of Jesus Christ deeply at Christmas. Please adapt the discussions and activities to the ages
               and interests of your children, family members, and friends.

               I am looking forward to slowing down, observing Advent, and ultimately celebrating the
               coming of the newborn King on Christmas with you and yours in the weeks to come.


               Deanna Lawson, Director of Children’s Ministry
               Deanna Lawson, Director of Children’s Ministry
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