Advent Hope Ribbon Prayer (Flame: Creative Children's Ministry)
Teach about the hope of Advent
Advent in a Box (Building Faith)
Fill up a box of activities for your sessions, teach the lesson and send one home for the family.
Planning for Advent #2
As we continue to do our preparations for learning sessions in Advent, try coming up with a new approach for your learners. Try to include some family involvement. These links that can connect families with your learning sessions.
Planning for Advent
Looking for a new idea for Advent? Families are involved in so many activities in anticipation of Christmas. Let us help our young learners understand the reason that we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Now is the time to really focus on the Advent season. Prepare lesson plans that teach about the themes of this season--darkness and light, promises of the prophets, Mary's call to birth the savior, staying steadfast as disciples, meeting John the Baptist. See the links below for lesson ideas.
This week: an overview of teaching about Advent, a lesson & craft about darkness and light, and some ideas of how to simplify decorating for liturgical year environments. More links will follow in the upcoming weeks.
Waiting and Preparation: Teaching Advent and Christmas
Joe Paprocki - Catechist's Journey
The Light Shines in the Darkness: John 1 Light Craft and Activity
Flame: Creative Children blog
Decorating for the Liturgical Year
Look to Him and Be Radiant blog
DVD for Advent and Lent
Looking for a new DVD for Advent to share with youth in your faith formation sessions? Kids and the Church Year from Paraclete Press has an approach that has been used in their Kids and the Sacraments DVD. With segments led by Jenna, she leads to greater understanding of the seasons through “field trips” to an art gallery, butterfly house, glass-blowing shop, fishing fleet, or other destination! A Bible story closes each lesson. See the promotional video below.
Starting tomorrow in nearby theaters is a movie for the whole family about the Christmas Story. The National Conference of Catechestical Leaders (NCCL) is providing resource materials to be used for catechists and parents. The promotion reads:
See the birth of Jesus through a whole new set of eyes. In Sony Pictures Animation and AFFIRM Film’s THE STAR, Bo the donkey and his animal friends become unlikely heroes in the first Christmas. Featuring an uplifting soundtrack, including new music from Mariah Carey, THE STAR will give families a fresh and fun look at the Christmas story.
See the trailer here
The movie site here
Promotional materials, Catholic curriculum and resources here
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