Looking For Advent Resources For Your Family?

Christmas is such a significant time to teach our kids the value of Christ to show them a God who came near. There is so much of our faith that our kids have to grow into. Some things will forever be a mystery, but one thing kids can understand is babies. Jesus, the God-man, becoming a baby. Kids need to know why he came and how he comes. I love how beautifully Sally Lloyd-Jones describes the coming of Christ.

“Everything was ready. The moment Go had been waiting for was here at last! God was coming to help his people just as he promised in the beginning. But how would he come? What would he be like? What would he do?
Mountains would have bowed down. Seas would have roared. Trees would have clapped their hands. But the earth held its breath. As silent as snow falling, he came in. And when no one was looking, in the darkness, he came.”

Advent is Christ coming into our darkness where we least expect it when we least expect it. He came. He came.

Happy Advent.

The Expected One: Anticipating All of Jesus in the Advent

Every Christmas, Christians all over the world celebrate the Advent season, recognizing the love, hope, joy, and peace that is found only in Jesus Christ. Through this devotional, Scott James brings to light the many promises of Christ―from birth to ascension―that demonstrate His love for us during this Christmas season. These daily devotions, which are designed for both family and individual use, are timeless and moving reminders of the true gift of Christmas.

The Littlest Watchman: Watching and Waiting for the Very First Christmas

Benjamin is a Watchman. It’s his job to watch for the sign that all God’s promises are coming true to watch a stump.

The trouble is, it’s hard just waiting. And one night, Benjamin finally gives in and stops watching. But that same night, as he sits outside Bethlehem, he gets to watch something wonderful.

Kids will be gripped by what Benjamin saw and will be excited by the Christmas story all over again.

The Jesus Storybook Bible

I did a blog post a few years ago that we unexpectedly discovered that there are 24 Bible stories that lead to the Christmas story in Sally Lloyd-Jones’ book. We read one each day. If you haven’t figured it out already, we are big fans of all people named Lloyd-Jones in the Luce house.

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas

I love Ann’s passion for the gospel as evidenced in her writing. Gratitude is more than a good idea it’s a sign of a life marked by the gospel of Christ. In Ann’s latest offering she has produced an Advent devotional that is as beautifully illustrated as it is written.

Lifeway Family Advent Guide

Here is a reproducible, email attachable, family advent guide that you can share with families in your ministry. We hope these will help to focus your ministry emphasis this season and lead families to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.

The Advent Storybook From David C. Cook

Add The Advent Storybook to your family holiday traditions and enjoy the rich images and thoughtful retellings of ancient stories that feature God’s recurring, faithful promise to rescue us. A simple question at the end of each story helps readers engage in understanding the bigger story God wants us all to know—the good news of Jesus coming to save us. Parents and children alike will delight in the biblical messages of joy, hope, and peace every day as they look forward to celebrating Jesus’ birth.

Prepare Him Room

Guide kids and their families into the heart of Christmas with this gospel-focused, four-week Advent curriculum.

Prepare Him Room by children’s best-selling author Marty Machowski takes a biblical, theological approach to the Old Testament promises and New Testament fulfillment in Christ in a way kids can understand.

With age-appropriate instruction and activities for three different learning levels—preschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary—Prepare Him Room builds gospel hope and enduring theological depth into each child’s celebration of Christmas.

Family Advent

My friend Jenny Smith has a great resource for advent a website that you can go to each and click on the number that coordinates with the date. They will then be linked to a devotional for that day. Each devotional includes:

  • a few verses of Scripture to read together (there are also links where you can read it online and even have it read to you)
  • some discussion thoughts and questions
  • a suggested activity to do together
  • usually some online activity, either a video to watch together or a game to play (please know that we have no control over other content that YouTube links or promotes)
  • a prayer prompt for your family

Free Gospel at Center Webinar

In the past several years the word Gospel has become a common term used in church names, book titles, and curriculums. We use the term Gospel but if we don’t understand what we mean by that term the word Gospel alone can become a catchphrase or a catch-all. One of the reasons a few friends of mine started the blog GospelAtCenter.com is because we have a strong belief that the gospel is not something we add to our programming but it is the heart of what we do. It not peripheral but central. The Gospel is the good news of what God has done for us in Christ but that message must not be limited to an Easter altar call. The message of the Bible of God’s redeeming love for mankind should inform shape and transform what we teach how we teach and ultimately why we teach.

Thursday, September 20th we will be hosting a free webinar. We want to invite you to join us in discussing the practical and theological implications of centering your ministry on the gospel. What it means to look at everything we do from volunteer recruitment and leadership development to Bible story delivery through the lens of the Gospel.

Danielle, Jenny, and I will be sharing some of the most important steps we have taken to help lead Gospel-centered ministries, but we also want to answer some of your questions about Gospel-centered kids ministry. The links are provided below and it is all free. Gather your team, share this information with your ministry friends, and let’s focus on what matter most in ministry as we begin this new church year.

Signup for the link to our free Webinar.

Submit a question for the webinar here.

As part of the Children’s and Family Ministry Network, you will have an opportunity to connect with ministry leaders in your area. We’ll worship together, experience an encouraging message, and—perhaps most importantly—build relationships with one another. Get ready to become part of this supportive community of ministry leaders.

FAMILY MINISTRY 2.0

Come hear fellow ministry leaders as they use story to speak about recently discovered ideas, patterns, practices, and philosophies in this area. Make room to dream as you continue to build a healthy and biblical family ministry.

As veterans who continue to explore and discover new ideas, these leaders are disciplined readers, observers of culture, gifted writers, and excellent communicators. There will be time and space for you to share your story as we gather in community to learn and share together.

Date: October 25, 2018
Time: (10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Event: David C. Cook Network Event - Nashville
Topic: Family Ministry 2.0
Sponsor: David C. Cook
Venue: Clearview Baptist Church
Location: 537 Franklin Road
Franklin, TN 37069
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

As part of the Children’s and Family Ministry Network, you will have an opportunity to connect with ministry leaders in your area. We’ll worship together, experience an encouraging message, and—perhaps most importantly—build relationships with one another. Get ready to become part of this supportive community of ministry leaders.

FAMILY MINISTRY 2.0

Come hear fellow ministry leaders as they use story to speak about recently discovered ideas, patterns, practices, and philosophies in this area. Make room to dream as you continue to build a healthy and biblical family ministry.

As veterans who continue to explore and discover new ideas, these leaders are disciplined readers, observers of culture, gifted writers, and excellent communicators. There will be time and space for you to share your story as we gather in community to learn and share together.

 

Date: October 18, 2018
Time: (10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Event: David C. Cook Network Event
Topic: Family Ministry 2.0
Sponsor: David C. Cook
Venue: McLean Bible Church
Location: 12440 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

You have volunteers that need to be trained for Fall Launch, we can help!

Gather your volunteers together, and we’ll take it from there! By joining the Fall Launch Party, you’re giving your volunteers an opportunity to be trained by dynamic and expert leaders in 5 key areas!

-Vision for the Importance of Children’s Ministry
-Spiritual Formation for Kids
-Teaching Kids the Bible
-Managing Behavior
-Building Relationships with Parents

***Every leader who registers for the Fall Launch party gets the replays and debrief resources to use whenever it works for their team – so even if you can’t join us for the live event on August 25th, you’re still able to use this great training for your team!***

Learn more! –> https://incm.org/fall-launch-training-party-2018/

Date: August 25, 2018
Time: (10:00am-04:00PM)
Event: CPC Webinar.
Topic: Why Kids Ministry Matters.
Sponsor: INCM
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.