Planning for Advent

Ideas for Advent & Preparing for Christmas
Most of this list was created by Rev. Doug Mills.  We shared it in the Conference Newsletter in September.  If you have any questions or would like help producing online content, please contact Alli Newsom, Communications Director:  alli@nmconfum.com.

  • Online Advent Study with safely distanced in-person activity ideas too
  • Plan, storyboard and create an online Christmas pageant.  You can record some parts and have some interaction via ZOOM.
  • Have children make and send Christmas cards to older folks who are shut-in.
  • Ask your youth to host an interactive Advent Calendar via ZOOM, where they open a door and either sing a song, present a skit, tell a story, present a video, share about a ministry project, etc.
  • Pick a different house in your neighborhood each week and act out the Las Posadas drama in the driveway or street.
  • Deliver home Advent wreath kits to children in pizza boxes.
  • Ask members to decorate a tree outside the church.
  • Host a drive by tree viewing. Let viewers vote for best with dollars.
  • Meet at someone’s home, sing carols from the street.
  • Stand on the corner near your church passing out candles with a note attached that reads “Jesus is the Light of the World.”
  • Edit a video of members passing a lit candle. Post it on social media and use it in your worship.
  • Make a video of several members lighting their Advent wreaths.
  • Have all of your members go outside with a lit candle at midnight on Christmas Eve and sing Silent Night.
  • Ask your missionary or mission partner to make a video of them lighting a candle in the Advent wreath. Use the video in your worship.
  • Make a video of children in “magi” costumes looking for Jesus in the store, at the courthouse, at the school, and other places.
  • Host a drive-by live nativity.
  • Send small squares of “swaddling cloth” along with a prayer to those who need to be wrapped in prayer.
  • Schedule a day with the Salvation Army for your church members to ring the bell at a store in your neighborhood. Use a handwritten sign by the kettle to identify your church.