Advent is a special time for us as a church to focus our hearts on our King, Jesus. As we remember His First Coming, we also anticipate His Second Coming. Join us during this holiday season as we tune our hearts to praise our King.

We have provided a weekly guide to help as you disciple your children. It should only take about 10 minutes once a week.

We have also provided a daily reading guide to help you in your personal walk with Jesus. All of these resources can be found at Connection Central during our Sunday gatherings or you can download the PDFs by clicking the link below!

Advent Guide Download

This advent guide includes daily readings starting on November 25 and also a weekly family activity and reading.

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What is advent?

Advent is a season of:
waiting, anticipating, and looking forward to the coming of Jesus.

Advent begins four Sundays prior to Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.

The word ‘advent’ comes from the Latin word ‘adventus’ meaning “coming.”

Christians remember that God kept His promise by sending a Savior to redeem a lost and broken world. Christians also look forward to Jesus’ second coming when He will finally and completely defeat evil and make all things right.

We hope that this guid will help you focus your eyes on Jesus, remember God’s faithfulness and create in you an anticipation and longing for His return.

How to use this guide

This advent guide includes daily Scripture readings from both the Old and New Testaments. We recommend that you set a time and place to work through this guide daily.

As you read, ask these questions:
• What does this scripture reveal about people?
• What does this scripture reveal about God? (focus on the character trait highlighted each week)
• How does this impact the way I will think, believe and act today?
• Pray and ask God for the strength to do it.

Family Activity

Every week also includes a family activity. Set aside a time to gather as a family every week to read Scripture, pray and participate in an activity. Be creative and make it your own! Lighting of an Advent candle at the beginning of every family activity is also a great idea.

Make sure you have a version of the Bible that everyone can understand!
(NIV, NLT, MSG)

November 25 – December 1

November 25 – Day One
Luke 1:5-7

November 26 – Day Two
Luke 1:8-13, 1 John 5:14-15

November 27 – Day Three
Luke 1:14-23, Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 3:1,4:5

November 28 – Day Four
Psalm 98:3

November 29 – Day Five
Psalm 25:4-7

November 30 – Day Six
Isaiah 49:14-16

December 1 – Day Seven
Psalm 42
(What does it mean to “remember” God?)

Family Activity

When the Bible says that God “remembered” something, it is not saying He has forgotten and suddenly remembered. God never forgets. God always remembers—it is part of His nature. The statement that “God remembered” in the Bible is really showing us His faithfulness and everlasting care.

When it says, “God remembered,” we see that the phrase is followed by some sort of action or work on behalf of God’s people. God always remembers and always works at the right time for the good of his people.

Read Luke 1:5-23

Zechariah and Elizabeth prayed for a child but time passes and the child never came. Maybe they thought God didn’t hear or he forgot. Why do you think Zechariah was surprised to hear they would have a child now? Does God forget? God always acts at just the right time!

Pray and ask God to help you think of someone you never ‘forget’ but maybe haven’t talked to in a while. Think of something nice to do for them this week. Maybe it will come at just the right time for them!

Some ideas: Write a note, call and sing a song, or tell them a joke, facetime someone who lives far away all together, make cookies and deliver them…. get creative!

December 2 – December 8

December 2 – Day One
Luke 1:24-25

December 3 – Day Two
Luke 1:26-38

December 4 – Day Three
Luke 1:39-45

December 5 – Day Four
Luke 1:46-56

December 6 – Day Five
Luke 1:68-75, Numbers 23:19

December 7 – Day Six
2 Corinthians 1:17-20

December 8 – Day Seven
James 5:12

Family Activity

God always keeps his promises, but sometimes they may take a long time to happen!

Read Malachi 3:1

God promised way back then that he would send a messenger to prepare the way for the Lord. Now he is fulfilling that oath through Zechariah and Elizabeth’s soon to be born child. Do you think they ever would have thought that God would keep his promise the way he did? But they still had to wait 9 months to see this promise fulfilled!

Is it hard to wait to receive something that has been promised?
Do you sometimes think maybe it won’t come?
Are you good at keeping your promises?

If your family is 3 or less, do this as an individual activity. If your family is 4 or more consider dividing into 2 teams. Have each person/team choose 2 things from the list below. You don’t have to tell which you choose! Don’t worry if the same ones are picked. God must have wanted it that way! As a team, promise and work together to do these 2 things for the other family members/team sometime this week.

• Say thank you when the other team does something nice
• Make a drink for someone on the other team
• Make a card or gift for someone on the other team
• Read a story to someone on the other team
• Draw a picture or write a poem for the other team
• Let the other team control the remote or choose the movie
• Hold the door open for the other team
• Write a note to the other team and put it where they will find it
• Do the other teams chores
• Using dry erase markers, write/draw on the bathroom mirror for the other team

December 9 – December 15

December 9 – Day One
Luke 1:57-66

December 10 – Day Two
Luke 1:67-80

December 11 – Day Three
Mark 1:1-8

December 12 – Day Four
John 1:6-9

December 13 – Day Five
Hebrews 4:15-16

December 14 – Day Six
Romans 8:31-38

December 15 – Day Seven
Ephesians 2:1-10

Family Activity

God has many names in the Bible. Many of them display His character; God most High, God of the Beginning, God of Justice, God of Forgiveness, God who is Near, God of my Salvation, Living God, The Ancient of Days. In Galatians 4:6 it says we can call him Abba, Father.

Read John 1:19-28

Often people’s names in the bible have special meaning as well. Do you remember what Zechariah and Elizabeth mean? John means God is Gracious! In this scripture John, the baby born to Zechariah and Elizabeth, is grown up and he is telling people that God is gracious and is going to send Jesus so that all who believe in him can become God’s children. So John’s name was about God’s character but also about the message that God wanted him to share with everyone.

Parents Note: Not all names have an easily found meaning or one that seems pleasant: (Claudia means lame and Taylor means tailor). Therefore, before choosing the activity this week, spend some time looking up your names and choose the activity accordingly!

Do one of these two things:
Look of your first names and write down the meanings on sticky notes. Place them on your bedroom door or bathroom mirror. Thank God for who he has called you and how he has made you!
OR
Write each person’s name on a sticky note and brainstorm the good character traits you see in them as part of your family. Put these notes on your bedroom door or bathroom mirror. Thank God for who he has called you and how he has made you!

December 16 – December 24

December 16 – Day One
Luke 2:1-7, Micah 5:2

December 17 – Day Two
Luke 2:8-12

December 18 – Day Three
Luke 2:13-20

December 19 – Day Four
Matthew 1:18-25

December 20 – Day Five
Matthew 2:1-12

December 21 – Day Six
John 1:1-5

December 22 – Day Seven
John 1:10-13

December 23 – Day Eight
John 1:14-18

December 24 – Day Nine
Philippians 2:5-11

Family Activity

We have learned a lot about what a name means and some names for God in the Bible. We have learned that God keeps his promises – but almost always in creative ways we would never think of.

This week we celebrate the birth of Jesus! His coming is the final fulfillment of God’s promise; the Messiah who will bring all who believe into God’s family and make them brothers and sisters. He brings love and hope and joy and peace!

Take a piece of paper and cut it into the shape of a cross. Each of you take turns around the table writing down names of people you love. Keep going around the table until the paper is all filled up (like a word cloud!) Spend time together thanking Jesus for loving each one of you and that you are a family that loves each other because Jesus first loved you. Pray for these people that they will feel your love and God’s love and it will change them. Keep this on a table where you often gather and take moments when you are around it to pray for these dear people in your lives. And don’t forget to tell Jesus that you love him too!