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2022 Advent Resource Roundup

10/30/2022

As you begin preparations for the Advent and Christmas seasons, consider the following resources for new ideas. 
 
Nurture: 

 
Outreach: 
  • 4 Great Advent Outreach Ideas
  • Christmas is not your Birthday - Pastor Mike Slaughter inspires readers to approach Christmas differently, and be transformed in the process.
  • Creative Christmas Outreach - Discover ways to engage your congregation in fun, meaningful efforts that will extend a personal word of welcome to people in your community who are searching for connection.
  • Giving Tuesday - Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity, is November 29. Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
 
Witness: 
  • Advent Communication graphics from United Methodist Communications
  • Seeker-Friendly Christmas events - Discover tips to make your event a success from Resource UMC.
  • Roll out the welcome mat - For some people, Christmas and Easter are the only times they go to church. Visitors seeking a church to call home—even a temporary home— want to feel welcomed. That is why it is critical for congregations to have a strategic plan for welcoming visitors, especially during holiday services.
  • Invite Christmas Eve guests to return - Find tips for inviting Christmas Eve visitors to return the next Sunday or in January.
 
Advocacy: 
  • God's Unimaginable Surprises - This Advent resource, developed by the Commission on Religion and Race, includes sermon starters & children's sermons for each week of Advent, focusing on the Isaiah lectionary texts. 
  • Engaging Advent - How do we see past the tinsel, the shiny wrapping, the Christmas songs that have been playing since October and the Black Friday specials that were announced well before Thanksgiving, to see where Light is already breaking through?
  • Greening Christmas - Find practical tips for “going green” for a more satisfying and less stressful Advent season. 
  • Alternative Giving - This article shares ideas on fair trade markets for churches to offer as gift-giving opportunities that make a difference.



 

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