Congregational Care & Family Ministries

Advent Resources for Families  
The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming" or "visit," begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the church year for Christians. During Advent, we prepare for and anticipate the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for and need of forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming. (Umc.org/advent) Here are some online materials to help you observe and celebrate the seasons at home:
Advent for kids:  https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/new-ways-to-celebrate-advent-with-kids 
99 cent Advent Wreath for Home:  https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/the-99-cent-advent-wreath 
Family devotions:  http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/make-room-for-christmas-advent-devotions 
Hymn devotions:  http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/wesley-hymn-devotions-for-advent-and-christmas