Advent is a word that you hear a lot at Christmas.  My kids always loved the Advent calendars that had a chocolate for each day, counting down the days until Christmas.  The word advent actually comes from the Latin word “coming.”  As Christians it is important that we don’t just celebrate the coming of Christmas, but that we remember to  celebrate the coming of Jesus at Christmas time.  We celebrate His birth and also that He is coming again someday.

There are several free resources that are available for parents or grandparents to do with their kids for Advent, and we would like to share a few with you.  We hope that they will be tools that you can use to help your family keep the focus around Christ this Christmas season. – Debbie Nelson, Minister to children

Free Advent resources:

  • This excellent Focus on the Family advent devotional calendar includes a scripture reading, devotional, and older/younger kids friendly activities to do as you count down the days until Christmas: AdventKnowingHimByName
  • For the artistic kids (or if you kids just love to draw or color) try this fun Advent Storybook – The story for each day is provided, your kids provide the illustrations: https://homefrontmag.com/12-days-advent/
  • Here is a DIY Advent calendar with printable verses for each day: https://homefrontmag.com/diy-advent-calendar/

Have fun as you celebrate our Saviour this Christmas!


Giving vs Getting:

It can be challenging to help our kids think about giving to others at Christmas instead of just thinking about what they want to get. Here are some ideas to help your kids serve this Christmas. These are not meant to create more stress for your family.  You can choose to do one, all, or none or these.  Our hope is that your family will take some opportunities to serve others as you go through this Christmas season.  Maybe you will be making some new family traditions along the way!

  • Help our church to replenish it’s food bank supplies.  Gather a non-perishable food item each day until Christmas or something each week.  Bring the food that you have gathered to church any Sunday in December or on Christmas Eve.  This will help our church to have food to give to the people in need who stop by the church each day.  (Canned fruit, veggies & meat are most needed!)
  • Shovel the snow of some of your neighbours or of some of the senior adults in your neighbourhood.
  • Buy a box of candy canes and give them out to the people working at the stores or restaurants that you go to this Christmas season.  Tell them “Merry Christmas” and thank them for their work!
  • Have your kids choose some of their own toys to give away this Christmas. 
  • As you drive around, looking at the Christmas lights in town, pray for the people in the houses you pass.  God know each family.  Pray that they will know the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Make some cookies for your neighbours and include an invitation to the Christmas play or our church’s Christmas Eve services. 

Forever Young Dessert & Caroling Night

Christmas Eve!