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Week #1 Advent Devotions For Families With Small Children

Candle - Week 1Here is the first installation of the Advent Devotions that I created… let me preface this with saying that they are designed to be used with an Advent Wreath… my congregation makes them every year from fresh greens. Your family may have one of their own that you traditionally use, which would be great! If you don’t have and Advent Wreath, get 5 Pillar Candles… they can be in any colors you want, but traditionally Advent Candles are either 3 Blue Candles (For 1st, 2nd, & 4th weeks); 1 Purple Candle (For 3rd Week); & 1 White or Red Candle (For Christmas Eve & Christmas Day) Or 3 Purple & 1 Pink… any 5 candles will be effective for these devotions.

These were created for families but can be used individually as well.  I would encourage anyone using them to keep a journal of responses and look back over the entire Advent Season and how you felt on any given day. Each Sunday has it’s own Devotion.  The weekly devotion is the same each day because it is meant to reinforce and repeat concepts. (Again, designed with families and children in mind).

I would love to have any feedback, especially at the end of the season! I plan to write them each Liturgical Year for both Advent and Lent and feedback is crucial in the development process!

Blessings to you this Advent Season!!!

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ADVENT DEVOTIONS FOR FAMILIES WITH SMALL CHILDREN:

FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT:

Opening Prayer

Gracious God, we look at our Advent Wreath and remember God’s promise to the world: Jesus, our Light and Hope, will come.  Give us patience to wait for him.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Listen to a story about the Prophet Isaiah:

Read: A Child Called Immanuel – Pg. 168 from the Spark Story Bible. (Or similar story from your favorite Story Bible)

Candle Lighting:

Speak these words while lighting the first candle:
O God, we remember the promises of your Son.  As we light the first candle, may the blessing of Jesus come to us, lighting our way as we wait for his coming.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Share:          

What’s something that happened today that made you happy?  What’s something that happened today that made you sad?

Read:

Angels Visit – Pg. 196 from the Spark Story Bible (Or similar story from your favorite Story Bible)

Talk:

  • What’s something you thought was interesting in the story?
  • Mary got a big surprise in the story… what’s something that has surprised you?
  • We have to wait during Advent, for Christmas to arrive… what part of Christmas are you most looking forward too?

*It’s amazing how answers change from one day to the next… it’s often fun to write down responses in a family journal and read them back at the end of the week.*

Pray:  (Pray – Peat/Repeat Style)

Heavenly Father, you give good things to us. Help us to remember your love for us and be patient in waiting for Christ’s coming.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Bless:  Child of God, the time is drawing near, look to the heavens, be patient and wait.

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WEEK 1 NIGHTLY DEVOTIONS:

Opening Prayer: (Pray – Peat/Repeat Style)
Heavenly Father, we light one candle and look toward the heavens in hope and love for  Jesus Christ, born to set us free.  In his name we pray, Amen.

Candle Lighting:

Speak these words while lighting the first candle:
O Emmanuel, Jesus Christ, desire of every nation, Savior of all peoples, come and dwell among usAmen.

Share:

What’s something that happened today that made you happy?  What’s something that happened today that made you sad?

Read:

Angels Visit – Pg. 196 from the Spark Story Bible (Or similar story from your favorite Story Bible)

Talk: 

  • What’s something NEW that you thought was interesting in the story?
  • Mary got a big surprise in the story… what’s something different from yesterday that has surprised you?
  • We have to wait during Advent, for Christmas to arrive… what part of Christmas are you most looking forward too?

*It’s amazing how answers change from one day to the next… it’s often fun to write down responses in a family journal and read them back at the end of the week.*

 Pray:  (Pray – Peat/Repeat Style)

Heavenly Father, you give good things to us. Help us to remember your love for us and be patient in waiting for Christ’s coming.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Bless:  Child of God, the time is drawing near, look to the heavens, be patient and wait.

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From Advent Devotions for Families with Small Children by Ariel Williams
Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved

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I spent most of my life living in the great Pacific Northwest (Oregon). I went to college in South Carolina. I have also lived in Arkansas, North Carolina, kind of Virginia, Texas, & currently Pennsylvania. I’m a single-mom of two amazing children (aka – “The Things”) who keep life very interesting! I’m a pastor-in-training. The snark is fiercely strong with me! #Javaluia #VivaMoreCoffee

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