adventAdvent means “coming.”  It is a time of spiritual reflection upon Jesus’ first coming into the world and an anticipation of his second coming.  It begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.  Advent reminds us how much we need a Savior.  During this season we will be preparing our hearts, minds and lives for Jesus’ coming because, “he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28).  We have a daily reading list you can download here.

Also, we encouragae our families to join us in bringing the focus of Christmas on Christ by participating in Advent. We have a couple options available that can be flexible around your needs.

1. Focus on the Family has created an Advent study for parents through their magazine Thriving Family. You can find all the materials you will need here (including a map, characters to place on the map each day, an outline for a daily devotional, and a kids’ puzzle pack with daily activity sheets). Go to the link provided and enter some of your basic information (name and e-mail) to get access to the downloadable PDFs.

2. If you want to do something a little different, we have also found a Jesse Tree Advent Study that you might enjoy through The Jesse Tree is another way to focus daily on Christ. You can find a PDF with all the materials you need here. Included in this packet are information about why it’s called a Jesse Tree, a schedule, and printable Christmas tree ornaments for each day.


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