Children's Ministry, Faith Nurture
Bringing the Christmas Season Into Your DWELL Sessions With Simple Advent Wreaths
November 13, 2019
Updated October 26, 2021
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Advent is a great chance to connect your Dwell time with Sunday worship! Including a special Advent activity each week reinforces the meaning of Advent that children are hearing in “big church,” in children’s ministry, and at home.
One simple way to do this is to create an Advent wreath for your Dwell space. On the first Sunday of Advent have the children help you make an Advent wreath for your classroom. A quick Google search will give you countless suggestions for making a wreath, but here are a few of my favorite ideas:
Once you have a plan for how you’re going to make your wreath, you’ll want to decide how you’re going to use it. Reformed Worship suggests four themes you can use with your Advent wreath. Personally, I like the Prophets, Angels, Shepherds, Magi (third option on the linked post) theme because it includes easy concepts for young kids. And bonus: if your church uses Children and Worship, you’ll be reinforcing the candle meanings that curriculum teaches.
Your candle lighting time can be as long or short as you want. The Reformed Worship article includes great Scripture passages and liturgies you could include with older children who can read. For younger children, I would keep things pretty simple. Here’s an example of what I might share with a Play or Imagine group of children:
Be sure to check out Faith Formation Ministries Advent resources list in the Family Faith Formation toolkit for other fun ways to incorporate Advent into your Dwell time. And share your finished Advent wreath on the Dwell Facebook group!
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