2016 Advent Resources

11/21/2016

Rethink Church: Advent outreach resources 
Rethink Church has print and video resources to help you share the message that Church Can Happen Anywhere and anytime we open our hearts to others. Welcome your community with warm wishes this Christmas season.  New Advent direct mail postcards, door hangers and invitation cards – available in English and Spanish – show how we live the true meaning of Christmas. Order now

Imagine No Malaria
Can you imagine a world where malaria does not exist, where children live their lives in joy and mothers sleep peacefully knowing their children will wake up healthy? We can. Read how you are impacting children around the world in our 2015 Impact Update. This Advent, use these Sermon Starters, worship graphics and posters to get your congregation or conference involved in the life-saving effort to eradicate malaria. Help us meet our $75 million goal. More here

Not a Silent Night
Experience Advent and Christmas with the one who knew Jesus more intimately than anyone else – his mother, Mary. Imagine the pain she felt at the crucifixion, her pride as Jesus’ ministry grew, and her unrestrained joy when she looked into his tiny face that fateful night in the stable. Adam Hamilton helps you witness the life of Jesus from Mary’s unique perspective, starting at the very end and traveling back in time to the very beginning – the night of Christ’s birth. Includes 5 sessions:

1. Beginning with the End 
2. The Piercing of Mary’s Soul 
3. Amazed, Astounded, and Astonished 
4. Mary, Full of Grace 
5. It Was Not a Silent Night
More here

The Journey: A Season of Reflections
Take a Christmas break and sit down with pastor and best-selling author Adam Hamilton as he guides you through a four-week devotional based on the most joyous event in history. Created for individual use or as a companion to the primary book, The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem, you’ll find short, reflective devotions combined with Scripture readings and heartfelt prayers.

Each daily devotional is designed to draw you in to a closer fellowship with God as you reflect and respond to this Christmas season.

The Journey: A Season of Reflections is a great gift idea for family, friends, teachers, and ministry leaders. More here

Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas
As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them . . . — John 17:18

God sent Christ into the world as our Savior. That’s what Christmas is all about. In turn, Christ sends us into the world. But do we really understand how, where, and why we are sent? This five-week, churchwide Advent study, written by Rev. George Acevedo, challenges us through story, art, and Bible study to discover what it means to be Christ’s hands, feet, head, and heart.

Centered around a DVD with 8-10 minute videos created by a group of dynamic young pastors, Sent is appropriate for adults and youth. The study includes a Participant Book, a Leader Guide for adult small groups, a Youth Study Guide for students ages 13-18, and The Children’s Leader Guide for use with kids 12 and under. A companion book, Devotions for the Season, offers four weeks of personal daily reflections. Click here for more

Ministry Matters
Ministry Matters offers several resources for this Advent Season. Learn more

Society of St. Andrew
Reclaim the spiritual dimensions of the Advent season this December with Society of St. Andrew’s devotional booklet, Do Not Be Afraid. Make room in your heart and in your busy days throughout the month for a few minutes each day reading scripture, reflecting on a brief meditation, and praying, in preparation for the Savior who is to come.  See more here