Advent

Advent

The church calendar year begins with Advent.

Advent

Advent offers a period of preparation before the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

Do you want to add meaning and joy to your journey as you prepare your heart for Christmastide in hopeful expectation? Online resources can provide some inspiration in the midst of your busyness.

Visual meditations

AdventWord from SSJE

AdventWord offers a great way to reflect on one little word each day, and respond with images and prayers that speak to your heart. A few ways you can use this resource:

  • Subscribe by email: sign up here and each morning, you will receive an email with an image, a word and a short meditation.
  • Follow #AdventWord on social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and connect with for inspiration and reflections from around the world.
  • Help create a global calendar online by posting your visual reflection of the daily #AdventWord on Instagram and Twitter. Upload and tag your individual photo with the hashtag and the word tag of the day.

Daily Devotionals from D365.org

D365.org

At d365.org, daily online devotions take on a seasonal theme beginning with first Sunday in Advent. Subscribe to the website to receive a daily reminder or download the iTunes app d365 Daily Devotions by Passport, Inc. This service is a collaborative initiative of the Youth Ministries offices of The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church USA, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Calendars

Calendars

CandlePress.com offers resources for all seasons. You can download a weekly calendar for families to leave on their table or in a gathering space, with tips for getting started, a story, some things to watch for, and discussion starters.

Praying in Color offers adults and children a way to mark the day-by-day journey to Christmas by daily praying & drawing with a calendar template. The author says, “When I draw, color, and doodle my own Advent calendar, I feel like I’m building something rather than tearing it apart. It is a countup to Christmas, not a countdown. At the end of the 20-some days, the finished Advent calendar is a colorful reminder of what was in my head and on my heart. It is a record of my spiritual journey through Advent.” Three calendar templates are offered, along with suggestions for ways to pray with doodling. View and download Praying in Color Advent Calendars.

The annual Advent Devotional Calendar designed by Thomas Mousin and Merry Watters suggests a scripture reading and devotion for each day. It’s easy to print and use at home.

Episcopal Relief & Development has a printable calendar as part an Toolkit of resources that center around Gifts for Life.

Not quite sure what Advent is? Struggling to explain it?

The video “Advent in 2 Minutes” from bustedhalo.com may be what you need!

Give yourself over to hope – Bishop Mayer’s Advent Message

Bishop Scott Mayer has issued an Advent message to the diocese, encouraging us: “Give yourself over to hope.” Watch his video message: This has been a rough year, with hurricanes and earthquakes, and many manifestations of division, anger and hatred. Yet in Advent we are called to live in anticipation and hope. And we can do so because the hope of this season isn’t about our possibilities and capabilities, but about God’s ability to make all things new. It’s about God’s ability…

Advent Resources

Do you want to add meaning and joy to your Advent journey, as you prepare your heart for Christmastide in hopeful expectation? We have some resources to provide some inspiration in the midst of your busyness – something for everyone of every ages: AdventWord You can probably fit in a reflection on a single word, right? Maybe even talk about it as a family? AdventWord offers a great way to reflect on one little word each day, and respond with images and…

Singers, musicians invited to be part of Lessons and Carols

Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, will host a service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 3 at 5 pm.  Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Fort Worth Independent School District Kent Scribner will be among the readers from the wider community. Church musicians and choir members from across the diocese are invited to be part of this uniquely Episcopal (Anglican) service. Interested people should contact Debbie Clark at debora.d.clark@gmail.com for more information. Rehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons, November 12,…

Night in Bethlehem offers a Bible-times experience

Mark your calendars for A Night in Bethlehem on Saturday, December 3, from 5 – 8 pm at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church and School, Keller/Southlake. Worship with Holy Communion will be followed by children and family activities designed to transport folks back through time to the town of Bethlehem. Family and friends will move together from station to station in the Bethlehem marketplace, including: Bethlehem Bakery – taste delicious bread from the time of Jesus’ birth. Metal Shop – create one-of-a-kind nameplates.…

Advent 2016

Bishop J. Scott Mayer has issued a message as we begin the Season of Advent, encouraging us all to follow the examples of Mary and Joseph in saying “yes” to God. Watch the video below, or on YouTube. This video is closed captioned.

Advent resources for 2016

Do you want to add meaning and joy to your Advent journey, as you prepare your heart for Christmastide in hopeful expectation? Online resources can provide some inspiration in the midst of your busyness AdventWord from SSJE You can probably fit in a reflection on a single word, right? Maybe even talk about it as a family? AdventWord offers a great way to reflect on one little word each day, and respond with images and prayers that speak to your heart. There are…

Explore nativity scenes as a prayer resource

St. Alban’s in Arlington invites you to an Advent retreat “Exploring Nativity Scenes” on Saturday, December 17 at the Theatre Arlington Education Building, located at 316 W. Main St. The event is part of an occasional series exploring various methods of prayer. The retreat, from 9 am to noon, will consider the origins of nativity scenes, their use throughout the world and their symbolism. Bring $12 for supplies to make your own Nativity. Register with Dave Burrows by calling St.…
Longest Night Christmas service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church

The Longest Night – a service of remembrance on December 20

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Keller/Soutlake invites you to a service of remembrance, The Longest Night, at 5 pm on December 20, 2014. The holidays are often the loneliest time of the year for those who have experienced recent loss in their lives. These losses can be the death of a loved one, loss of a job, divorce, death of a dear pet, loss of health, or any of the other losses people deal with. The Longest Night service allows us to grieve…

Access a digital Advent Calendar

Add this digital Advent calendar, available on Pinterest, to your family’s seasonal devotions. (You do not need to sign in to Pinterest to follow the daily calendar.)