An Illustrated Advent for Families: Preparing the Way
Note: This is a digital product. No physical product will be shipped to you.
Our Illustrated Advent for Families is an opportunity for families to take time each week during the Advent season to be intentional and focus on their faith. You'll receive five weekly family devotions, coloring & activity pages, and an Advent calendar.
Who is it for?
Most churches will purchase this and give it to families in their community. It's also great for individual families to purchase to use on their own. We've also had churches with intergenerational Advent programming use it for multi-age gatherings.
An Illustrated Advent for Families: Preparing the Way is an opportunity for families to take time each week during the Advent season to be intentional and focus on their faith. In this resource, you will be introduced to prophets—or God’s messengers—who helped prepare God’s people for Jesus’ arrival. You will also encounter individuals who faced the unexpected, trusting in the promises of God for their lives, continuing to prepare for Jesus.
Each week, you will have the opportunity to create time and space to prepare for Jesus through scripture readings, discussions, and activities. Our Advent devotions are based on passages from the Revised Common Lectionary readings (Year C) but use of the Lectionary is not necessary.
What You Will Receive
- Five Family Devotions: Five weeks of family devotions that are simple, but meaningful. They will walk you through Advent exploring the traditional Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.
- Coloring Pages: Five coloring pages that celebrate the story of Jesus' birth and are great for children of all ages.
- Advent Calendar: Our Advent Calendar starts on December 1, and each day brings an opportunity to complete a simple activity as a family. We consider families' busy lives, so the activities are short and meaningful without distracting from the real purpose—family time. We include a full-color version you can print out and a black and white version that families can color together as they complete daily activities.
- Ornaments: Beautiful paper ornaments that you can color and hang on your tree. This can be a fun craft for both families and churches to do together. This ornament activity is also available as a stand-alone purchase here.
How You Can Use It
Churches often purchase this and send it home with parents to use during Advent. An Illustrated Advent for Families also makes a great addition to the Advent boxes you might be putting together to send home to families. One could also adapt it to use for a Sunday School program.
After completing your purchase, you'll instantly receive a link to download the PDF. You will find everything you need in the PDF, and then you can share it with the families in your church and community. Please refer to the information included in the PDF on best practices for sharing our products with your community.
Below is a list of the themes for each of the weekly devotionals:
Week 1: Preparing to Bring HOPE
Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14–16
Week 2: Preparing to Make PEACE
Scripture: Luke 3:2b–6
Week 3: Preparing to Have JOY
Scripture: Philippians 4:4–7
Week 4: Preparing to Embrace LOVE
Scripture: Luke 1:39–45
Christmas Eve: Preparing for the Unknown
Scripture: Luke 2:1–7
Christmas: Embodying Home
Scripture: John 1:1–5, 14