Religious publishing companies offer new Advent resources each year. This year we asked four publishers for just two “top picks” for the season. For more great resources, check out each publisher’s website.
Resources from Forward Movement
Waiting & Watching: Advent Word Reflections
Savor and steep your Advent journey in the Word of God. Drawn from the weekly scripture readings, these daily devotions offer an opportunity to pause, wait, and watch for the Christ child. The reflections are part of a larger initiative called AdventWord, a global community praying and walking together during this holy season. Hosted by Virginia Theological Seminary and in partnership with Forward Movement, AdventWord invites people to read and respond to each day’s word. In Waiting and Watching, the daily reflections include a response or action item and a prayer.
2020 Colorable Advent Calendar: Slow Down. Quiet. It’s Advent!
This 2020 calendar poster, with Illustrations by Jay Sidebotham, suggests ways to mark the days through the Advent season. The calendar offers ideas for prayer, helping others, and being thoughtful about the true meaning of Christmas. Take our advice to your hearts and to your walls: Slow down. Quiet. It’s Advent! Perfect for the whole congregation! Sold in shrink wrapped packs of 25, posters are 17” x 22”, folded to 8.5” x 11.”
Resources from Church Publishing
Expectant: Advent Meditations
Expectant: Advent Meditations by Anne Kitch offers 30 short reflections for each day of Advent. Each meditation focuses on seeking and seeing God in the everyday of our ordinary lives, based on a psalm that corresponds to the daily office for the season of Advent.
Preparing Room: An Advent Companion
In Preparing Room: An Advent Companion, Russell J. Levenson, Jr turns to the beginning of the Christian story as it centers on the coming of God in Jesus through scripture, meditations, reflections or suggestions, and prayers.
Resources from Chalice Press
Faithful Families for Advent and Christmas: 100 Ways to Make the Season Sacred
Faithful Families for Advent and Christmas by Traci Smith is the holiday companion to the bestselling Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home. In it you’ll discover a treasure trove of inspiring Advent and Christmas practices, prayers, and stories to share with your family, or families in your church.
Imagining a New World: An Advent Devotional
In this new daily devotional for Advent, Imagining a New World: An Advent Devotional, author Terri Hord Owens delves into the Advent lectionary texts to reflect on God’s vision for the world and how we might find the courage to imagine, the permission to change, and the freedom to fear no more.
Resources from Cokesbury & Abingdon Press
On the Way to Bethlehem: A Child’s Activity Book for Christmas
In On the Way to Bethlehem, children learn the amazing story of Jesus’ birth based on the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. As you travel the road to Bethlehem, these delightful illustrations and descriptive story introduce children to Mary and Joseph as real people who were living ordinary lives when God called them to be part of an extraordinary event—the birth of God’s Son. The book includes a maze and an Advent calendar with stickers. The perfect Christmas gift for all the children in your church!
Celebrate Wonder Family Activity Book, Winter 2020-21
Support children’s faith formation at home with the Celebrate Wonder Family Activity Book, designed to offer meaningful family engagement in the Bible stories of Mary’s and Joseph’s calling, Jesus’ birth, and Jesus’ ministry. For each of 13 stories, you’ll find a unique retelling of the Bible story, a faith word to explore, wonder questions, and suggestions for a family activity.
Editor’s Note: As always, when choosing a curriculum for your setting, take into account the theology, Biblical interpretation, context, materials, and representation. Read more about choosing a curriculum at Choosing a New Curriculum: Read this First.