Waiting... Preparing...
Advent is a season in anticipation of the birth of Christ in time. Now, what is meant by "the birth of Christ in time?" Our four Sundays of Advent are not just Sundays in preparation for the birth of a child destined to become the Savior of the nations, but the birth of a child every day in the hearts of every Christian and the future return of the second coming in time where everything will be taken back by our God.

May Christ come alive in you this Advent and every day!

Read this article to answer the question, "What is Advent, anyway?"

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Ideas to make Advent a prayerful time of preparation:

  1. Little Blue Book of Advent Reflections. Spend 6 minutes with the Lord with this daily devotional. Available for pick up in the Commons starting November 25 &26 while supplies last.
  2. Family Advent Resources Diocese of Richmond
  3. Other Daily Online Reflections: Click on the links to sign up!
  4. Children's Activity Book                                                                                                                                                                                 
  5. Set up an Advent wreath on the family table. Each week, light an additional candle symbolizing the coming of Jesus into this world.
  6. Paper chain of prayers: Cut out 24 strips of green and red construction paper. On each strip, write the name of a family member or friend or a situation. Staple the strips as links into one long garland. Hang the garland in your home as a decoration.
  7. Jesse Tree to share with your children or grandchildren the stories of salvation and the many characters and events that lead up to the birth of Jesus. 
  8. Manger scene: Slowly, over a period of days or weeks (depending on how many crèche pieces you have), set up your nativity scene. Reflect on each piece and the part they play in the Christmas story. If you have children/grandchildren, let them set up the crèche and discuss with them the importance of each figure.
  9. Links to more family activities: