Read in 1 min Family Ministry Resources » Family Ministry Ideas » At-home Activities Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Free Family Advent Calendar for Your Children’s Ministry! Published: October 16, 2023 Advent is a season of expectation—we’re eagerly waiting to celebrate Jesus’ birth! This year, give families a simple, doable resource to help them anticipate and honor Jesus, and receive the gifts of hope, peace, joy, and love that he brings. This all new, specially designed Advent calendar will walk families through four weeks leading up to Christmas. Each week explores an Advent theme and provides two Bible verses for families to read and experience together. This unique Advent calendar’s simple, super-doable activities will help families explore and understand the Bible concepts of hope, peace, joy, and love. Each activity is parent-approved and sure to help families in your church create meaningful moments together this Christmas season. The calendar works well on its own or will complement beloved traditions like Advent wreaths, candle lighting, or countdowns to Christmas. Here’s a sneak peek at what families will experience each week. Advent Week 1: Hope When we hope, we look forward to good things. Families will read Psalm 33:22 and Matthew 12:21 as they think about their hopes this Christmas. Advent Week 2: Peace Jesus’ peace brings order and calmness when things feel out of control. Families will explore Luke 1:78-79 and Psalm 29:11 as they bring peace to their sometimes-chaotic everyday family life. Advent Week 3: Joy Joy makes our hearts smile—no matter what is going on. Joy is rooted in knowing who God is and how much God loves us. Families will check out Luke 2:10-11 and Psalm 9:2 as they celebrate joy from Jesus. Advent Week 4: Love God’s love is unfailing—it’s like a forever hug that will never, ever let us go. Families will read John 1:14 and Psalm 106:1, and they’ll share Jesus’ love with each other all week long. Print or Send! Simply share the files with families via email or social media or print so families can hang their Advent calendar at home. Let the fun begin! Share these activities with families in your church today! Need some fresh, doable Christmas lessons this year? We’ve got you covered! Check out these Pre-K & K and Elementary holiday packs from Simply Loved. Or share the joy of Christmas with Songs of the Christmas Story! For more Christmas and Advent ideas, check out childrensministry.com. © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!