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Advent & Christmas Leadership Resources

Discipleship Ministries offers these resources to help your congregations prepare for Advent and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas.

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New & Noteworthy:

October 9, 2014

“Sharing the Greatest Gift” Multimedia Bundles and Free Downloads

Downloadable bulletin covers, Advent door hangers, sermon starters, social media graphics -- all free from United Methodist Communications

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Advent Planning
October 21, 2015

2015 Advent Wreath Meditations, Year C (McIntyre)

This set of brief meditations and scripture may be used in lighting the candles of the Advent wreath in worship […]

Article
Advent - Christmas - Epiphany
April 25, 2016

Three Ways to Celebrate Advent and Christmas Season Fully

By Taylor Burton-Edwards

We all know there is much competition for attention between Advent and Christmas Season (Advent 1 through Epiphany, January 6) and the […]

Article
Worship
September 30, 2015

Planning for Advent and Christmas Season, Year C

By Taylor Burton-Edwards

On November 29, 2015, Advent begins and we move into Year C of the lectionary. During this year of the three-year lectionary […]

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Worship
April 20, 2015

Children’s Ministry - Preparing for Advent

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 11:00 am, Central Daylight Time (12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time).  Join Melanie C. Gordon and Tanya Eustace as […]

Webinar
Webinars and Web Chats
November 4, 2015

2015 Advent Home Worship

By MaryJane Pierce Norton

Advent 2015 begins on Sunday, November 29. In addition to celebrating Advent at church, families are invited to observe Advent in […]

Article
Worship with Children
November 6, 2015

Planning Advent and Christmas Season, 2015-2016

Why Advent? Why Christmas Season? And how can you plan worship for these seasons that fulfills their intended purpose […]

Webinar
Worship
April 10, 2015

Celebrating Extended Advent: Why and How-To

This hour-long webinar, conducted in an interview format, will introduce you to the modern recovery of the early church's […]

Webinar
Worship, Preaching, and Music Webinar Archive
November 11, 2015

Christmas Video Scavenger Hunt

By Chris Wilterdink

Looking for a fun activity for youth or children during the Christmas season? This video scavenger hunt outlines suggestions for […]

Article
Resources for Children, Youth, and Families
November 2, 2015

Book Review: “Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam: An Advent Study for Adults”

By The Rev. Rosanna Anderson

A church-wide Advent study can be an important part of your year-round stewardship plan. This study is approachable for people […]

Book Review
Generous Living
November 10, 2015

Christmas Is Coming…Will You Be Ready?

By Tanya Eustace

Our faith stories remind us that while it is hard to wait and to journey on long difficult roads, these […]

Article
Intergenerational and Family Faith Formation
November 12, 2015

A Live Nativity: What Are They Thinking?

By Chris WIlterdink

Ever set up a nativity and wondered what each of the characters were thinking? What experiences they carried to the […]

Article
Resources for Children, Youth, and Families
December 9, 2015

Advent and Christmas 2015 Resources from The Upper Room

The publications and ministries of The Upper Room offer this compilation of Advent and Christmas resources. 

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Books, Videos, and Websites
December 25, 2014

“Sharing the Greatest Gift” Multimedia Bundles and Free Downloads

Downloadable bulletin covers, Advent door hangers, sermon starters, social media graphics -- all free from United Methodist Communications

Website
Advent Planning
November 27, 2016

Three Ways to Celebrate Advent and Christmas Season Fully

By Taylor Burton-Edwards

We all know there is much competition for attention between Advent and Christmas Season (Advent 1 through Epiphany, January 6) and the […]

Article
Advent Planning
May 24, 2016

Staying Connected: Summer 2016

By Tanya Eustace

Can you believe we are almost done with another school year? Wow! Time seems to move so fast, and here […]

Article
Resources for Children, Youth, and Families
January 31, 2016

Preaching Notes for the Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany (January 31, 2016)

By The Rev. Dr. Dawn Chesser

Maybe "Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors" is not so much a motto for Methodists as it is a goal. […]

Article
Epiphany
January 24, 2016

Preaching Notes for the Third Sunday After the Epiphany (January 24, 2016)

By The Rev. Dr. Dawn Chesser

The amazing good news of Jesus Christ is for everyone, from those are fortunate to live privileged lives to those […]

Article
Epiphany
January 17, 2016

Preaching Notes for the Second Sunday After the Epiphany (January 17, 2016)

By The Rev. Dr. Dawn Chesser

It is an interesting time we live in. Warnings and dire predictions about the future combined with the uncertainty of […]

Article
Epiphany
January 10, 2016

Preaching Notes for the First Sunday After the Epiphany/Baptism of the Lord (January 10, 2016)

By The Rev. Dr. Dawn Chesser

Luke’s account of the baptism of Jesus begins with great expectations. Luke tells us that at first these […]

Article
Epiphany
January 3, 2016

Family Observance of Epiphany

By MaryJane Pierce Norton

By following the story in the Gospels of Luke and of Matthew, we know the magi (wise men) did not […]

Article
Resources for Children, Youth, and Families
January 3, 2016

Preaching Notes for Epiphany (January 3 and 6, 2016)

By The Rev. Dr. Dawn Chesser

The church celebrates Epiphany as the sudden realization of not just the wise men, but of all disciples of Christ […]

Article
Advent Planning
January 1, 2016

Celebrate the New Year with Your Family

By MaryJane Pierce Norton

More often than not, New Year celebrations are geared toward adults and focus more on the party than on the […]

Article
Resources for Children, Youth, and Families
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