Advent starts on Sunday 3 December 2017.  This season of preparation for the coming of Christ is a wonderful opportunity to involve children in many of our Christian practices.

Advent Worship Together

Worship Together:  Advent

This resource is a collaboration between Kids Friendly and Worship and Arts Enabler Malcolm Gordon.  Use it in its entirety for the four weeks of Advent or incorporate parts of it.  Enjoy!

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A Kids Friendly Advent 2017

candleOur Kids Friendly Advent 2017 resource has lots of ideas for including children in worship including candle lighting, Advent readings for children to lead, Advent songs, children’s talks and lessons.  Download A Kids Friendly Advent

An All Age Worship Resource: Journeying Together this Christmas

An A-Z of organising all age Christmas worship from the Uniting Church of South Australia.  Download Journeying Together this Christmas

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 Mary and Joseph Journey to Bethlehem

This activity is a great way to share our faith and facilitate friendships across the ages.  Mary and Joseph (knitted figurines in a basket – contact us for the pattern) have a long and uncomfortable journey to take from Nazareth to Bethlehem. And as Mary is pregnant with baby Jesus, they will need to rest a lot on their way. This resource provides ideas to help you organise people (of all ages) in your church to host Mary and Joseph for one night during Advent. This is a wonderful way to connect all ages and help children share the story and pray together with new friends as they visit to hand over Mary and Joseph to the next host.  Download Mary and Joseph  Journey to Bethlehem

Christine Harrex, children’s ministry leader at Lawrene-Waitahuna sent us her adaptation of this resource to include all sorts of activities for the family to do when hosting Mary and Joseph.  Download A Night with Mary and Joseph

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This resource is shared with us by Hilltop Family Church, a Fresh Expression of intergeneratonal church planted by Flagstaff Community Church in Dunedin.  Download A Progressive Christmas Story

 In 2014 we shared the Christmas story with our Hilltop Family Church, through a three part progressive dinner.  We hope it inspires you as you explore ways to share the Christmas story creatively with all ages.

Advent Intergenerational Events

Advent is a wonderful time to gather the whole church family to learn about and celebrate together the begin of Advent and anticipate and prepare for the coming of Jesus.  Intergenerational events create opportunities of all of our church members to grow in faith and in relationship across the ages.   The intergenerational even not only provides opportunities for faith sharing and learning but it provides resources, devotions and rituals for everyone to take home to use during the four weeks of Advent.

A Family Advent Celebration 

Jane Davis of Kids Friendly Highgate Presbyterian Church, Dunedin has shared how they organised an intergenerational Advent event in 2009. Be inspired! Take some or all of these ideas to help your families anticipate and celebrate the hope, joy, peace and love of Christmas.  Download A Family Advent Celebration

Highgate decorated their foyer with these Advent posters.

Download the Family Advent Celebration Foyer Posters

Download A Family Advent Celebration Prayer Walk Posters

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An Advent Intergenerational Event

This is a great and easy to follow resource  to help you plan an event to launch Advent. Download An Advent Intergenerational Event and supporting resources: Advent Games, Advent Wreath Instructions, Advent Devotional Booklet.

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We have created two prayers station resources for you.  Prayer stations are wonderful ways to encourage all ages to pray together.  Interactive multi-sensory experiences of the Christmas story are easy to create. Journey from station to station using indoors and outdoors, or place stations around your church sanctuary. Or you could place the stations at intervals on a prayer labyrinth.

Download A Christmas Prayer Journey

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