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Advent and Christmas resources

Posted: November 20 2020 at 03:40 PM



The first Sunday of Advent is right around the corner on Nov. 29. Many churches have had to shift plans as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Illinois. We are compiling some great ideas and resources for Advent and Christmas at a time when in-person gatherings are limited or not possible. We will continue to add to this page in the coming weeks. If you have or know of a great resource you think we should add, email us.

Creative Ideas for Worship

  • Watch a Zoom webinar with a group of NIC pastors sharing ideas for Advent and Christmas worship and activities. Some of the ideas include take-home Advent kits, a large interactive, walk-up outdoor advent wreath, decorating an evergreen tree with ornaments outside the church, ringing in Christmas with sleigh bells and a bonfire, virtual cookie making, virtual caroling, and using glow sticks in place of candles for outdoor services.
  • Local churches can order customizable banners, signs, invitation cards and postcards for Advent from United Methodist Communications. Click here for resources.


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