Advent 2022 is fast approaching. Still looking for inspiration for church activities, devotions, faith formation, or worship planning? The United Church of Christ has you covered.

Church leaders preparing for this time of preparation can access a number of resources described below.

Preparing for Advent 2022

This Thursdays for the Soul webinar on September 29 offers a variety of ideas for planning Advent worship in partnership with the United Church of Canada.

Hosted by UCC Minister of Worship and Theology, Reverend Cheryl Lindsay, the recorded webinar reviews the Advent lectionary and highlights resources. This includes Advent and Christmas “roadmaps” – seasonal lectionary guides from Lindsay’s Sermon Seeds series – as well as links to Worship Ways, a newsletter sign-up form from United Church of Canada Advent and more.

“As we dive into the season of Advent, we want to engage our souls, we want to engage our spiritual memory, we want to engage the vision of the future and look at the reality and the confession that Christ has come, Christ is risen and Christ will return,” Lindsay said. “And how do we then prepare to participate in this coming of Christ into the world and to be Christ in the world?

Intergenerational Advent planning

Another Thursdays for the Soul webinar on October 13 focuses on faith-building Advent planning with all ages in mind. It was led by a panel of board members from the Association of United Church Educators (ACUE).

Panelists discussed how to create and foster intergenerational church activities, themes for the Advent and Christmas seasons, and how these themes can be incorporated into faith formation for all. ages.

The Rev. Thom Bower, ACUE Board Chair, noted that there is a difference between “multigenerational” and “intergenerational” activities.

“I think in intergenerational activities, we do this together. We learn with each other. We are not separated,” he said. “…And I think that’s what intergenerational teaching and learning in the church can be: we recognize that we are at different stages in the development of our faith. And yet, wherever you are in developing your faith, we have something to learn together.

In addition to the discussion, links to many resources and books are available in the description of the webinar video accessible on YouTube.

What remains of the night?

From the group of writers Stillpeaking, the Advent 2022 devotion responds to the yearning for a new day by reminding people that people need a nocturnal renewal to rest, to imagine, even to grow.

What remains of the night? asks two questions at once: how much longer do we have to wait, and how much longer can we dream? Writers’ Group and Daily Devotional contributors offer the church a devotional guide through the days of Advent through the celebration of Epiphany: 41 reflections in all, by 18 different writers.

Reverend Kenneth Samuel, pastor of Victory for the World Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia, is one of them. “All of us who yearn for better days could benefit from a more conscious appreciation of how life is sustained, renewed and fortified in darkness,” he said.

The Pilgrim Press provides staff and editorial support to the Writers’ Group. Copies of the devotional can be ordered, including discounts for bulk orders, from Pilgrim Press.

Virtual Advent Calendar coming soon

As part of UCC’s Join the Movement initiative, a virtual Abolition Advent Calendar will soon be available via daily emails and social media posts. The online project will include art and reflections on how contemporary abolitionist movements intersect with the messages of the Advent season.

Keep an eye on the UCC News page for more information.

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