On the First Sunday of Advent, we become aware that the coming of Jesus Christ into our world changes everything. We must prepare for our old lives to pass away and our new lives to begin. Find resources for youth ministry, religious education, classrooms, and families here.
Make a Jesse Tree
A Jesse tree is a traditional Advent craft which shows the relationship of Jesus to famous people from the bible. Every day you read the story of somebody related to Jesus from the Bible and hang an ornament on the tree with a symbol which represents the person you just read about. This helps our families understand our salvation history and that God has been working with a purpose through the ages to bring about our salvation.
Have an Advent Prayer Service
Today, say a simple Advent prayer service together. It doesn't need to be lengthy. In fact, with very young children, shorter is sometimes better.
1st Sunday in Advent – Year B (2020)
The readings for the First Sunday in Advent for Year B are a call to be alert in waiting for the coming of the Lord. So perhaps this Sunday talk about some ways we can make ourselves ready to be transformed by the Advent season. Here are some ideas.
Set Up an Advent Table
Now is the time to set up and Advent table in your home or youth ministry room. If at home, put it in your family room or another room your family uses every day. Use it as a focal point to remember to observe Advent.
Advent Wreath with Purple Ribbons
This beautiful Advent wreath will help your family focus on the hopeful expectation of the Advent season.
Welcome Baby Jesus: Advent and Christmas Reflections for Families
At only $1.99, Welcome Baby Jesus is money well spent for Catholic families. This book will help your family focus on the hopeful waiting of the Advent season and then truly celebrate Christmas when it arrives.
1st Sunday in Advent – Year C (2021)
The readings for the First Sunday in Advent for Year C warn us to get ready for the coming of our Lord, for change will come with him. These readings lead into a discussion of how we are going to prepare and grow and change during this Advent season.
Lego Advent Wreath Kit
Kids will enjoy making an Advent wreath out of Legos. What a wonderful way to help inquisitive young ones learn about the Advent season! And it is great for locations where using real candles is not allowed or practical.
First Sunday of Advent – Year A (2022)
The readings for the First Sunday of Advent for Year A speak of readiness for the coming of Jesus Christ. This is a time to prepare for our Lord to come into our hearts. Here are some ideas.