With Advent we begin the journey to the Incarnation and the amazing mystery of God with Us. In the four weeks given to us to prepare our hearts and minds, we can remind ourselves to step back from the busyness of our days, into a place of calm and reflection, and get ready to welcome anew Christ Our Lord into our lives.
Advent begins this year on December 2 and we are beginning to build a list of resources for the season. Have a great resource of your own you would like to share? Let us know! We’d love to include it here.
Advent Retreat: November 30-December 2, 2018
Join us for our annual Advent quiet retreat at Cathedral Ridge. This retreat provides time and space away from the sometimes stressfulness of the season, allowing participants to enter into a time of reflection, preparation, and rest. The retreat includes presentations, worship, small-group discussion, and shared meals. Afternoons are free for personal spiritual disciplines, exploring the beautiful grounds of Cathedral Ridge, and self care. The theme and retreat leader for our 2018 retreat will be announced soon. Cost: $150. Registration opens September 1. For more information, please contact the Faith Formation team at Faith@EpiscopalColorado.org.
On Wednesdays and Fridays during Advent, individuals from around the state will add their reflections to our annual Faith Formation Advent Blog. Interested in contributing? Contact us at Faith@EpiscopalColorado.org.
Online Book Club
Join us Wednesdays beginning November 28 at 1:30 pm as we reflect on readings for the season. Participants interact using the Zoom online meeting platform, so log in wherever you happen to be! More information and book club sign-up >
I Witness: Living Inside the Stories of Advent and Christmas
New this year from Forward Movement, I Witness is a book of daily devotionals for the seasons of Advent and Christmas, inviting us “to enter the story of salvation with our hearts and minds wide open, experiencing the miracle of Jesus through the eyes of witnesses: Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, and others.” Read more or purchase >
What Are You Waiting For
“We spend so much of our lives waiting.. At no other time of the year may the theme of waiting feel so poignant than the season of Advent. These daily reflections help bring a richness and depth to waiting–whether it be waiting for the mundane or the sublime. Read more or purchase >
For Children and Youth
Illustrated Advent Pages
These creatively designed coloring pages can be used as a response material during Christian formation, set out as an activity during coffee hour, or given to children to take home. They encourage much-needed “down time,” not only for children, but teens and adults as well. View Advent pages >
Advent Wreath Transformation Stations
Looking for an idea for youth formation or youth group time? Advent Wreath Transformation Stations incorporate prayer, movement, and individual creativity.
Slow down. Quiet. It’s Advent!
This 17″ x 22″ poster is perfect for marking the days of Advent in the home. There are suggestions for prayer, helping others, and being thoughtful about the true meaning of Christmas. These also make nice handouts for parishioners. They come in packs of 25. Read more >
Crafts & Other Ideas for the Home
Check out our Advent pins on Pinterest: Go to Pinterest, search Faith Formation Episcopal Colorado, and select the Advent board.
Advent Prayer Stations
Looking for a way to help your congregation slow dow and reflect on the season of Advent? Consider setting up Advent Prayer Stations around your church and invite congregants to select one or more stations to engage with. This could be done during the service in lieu of a sermon, or set up as rotations during faith formation time or even coffee hour. Read more >
Reverse Advent: A Spiritual Discipline for Reaching Out
Reverse Advent encourages families and congregations to focus on giving rather than receiving. It involves setting up four worship stations at church where individuals and families Read and Reflect, Pause to Wonder, Create, and Pray–all in preparation for a fifth station, which becomes a communal giving project. Families also create a space for devotion in the home, which involves scripture and wondering questions that focus on understanding the humanity of the Holy Family, and setting out brown paper bags for gathering items that will be brought to the church each week. Read more >
Advent Wreath Making Survival Guide
Does your congregation prepare for Advent by making wreaths together? Here are some great tips for a successful event for all ages. Read more >