Advent and Christmas

Ideas to help churches prepare for and celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

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A Christmas triptych

All-age
A triptych is a work of art that is divided into three sections. The following idea offers three striking images that you could copy and illustrate in order to make a triptych that can be a focus for telling the Christmas story.

The forgotten story of Christmas

All-age
The story of Zechariah and Elizabeth is often overlooked in our eagerness to tell what happened to Mary and Joseph at the first Christmas. The following outline offers a storytelling template to be used in all-age worship and with children's groups.

Christmas cards

All-age
Finding new ways to retell the mystery of the Christmas story is always a challenge. The following idea uses a selection of playing cards to retell the events surrounding the nativity.

A selection of Christmas readings for children

All-ageSpecial event
This idea contains a variety of readings and poems that could be read by children or children and adults as part of a Christmas carol service, Christingle or special event.

Celebrate Christmas

All-age
An outline for a short celebration at Christmas suitable for all-age worship, Messy Church, collective worship in schools or a special Christmas event.

Hosea - judgement and love

8-11 year olds, All-age
This outline is part of a mini series for Advent and explores the book of Hosea and how his message helps us to get ready for the events of Christmas.

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