Family Advent Activities

How do we help children find the excitement of Advent in an increasingly anxious and isolating world? My colleagues and I decided to remind the children and ourselves that waiting for Jesus is holy at home. So this year, we are asking families to have a “found” Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season.

The families will center their expectations at home using a special Children’s Advent Guide created just for this season (see file below). Then families will gather on Sunday mornings by Zoom ™ to sing, play, and pray around this family centered Advent practice.  Wednesdays offer gatherings around Facebook Family Devotional videos to remember together that God meets us where we are.  On Christmas Eve-Eve we will gather to remember the Christmas Story of Luke 2:1-7 and to celebrate Holy Communion. 

Children’s Advent Guide

Someone’s coming!  Who’s coming!

Jesus is coming. 

Kathryn, “Kat,” is the Coordinator of Children’s Ministries at Second Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis.  She collaborates across the church’s ministry areas to create programs with a “child-sized-bite” of the congregation’s service, formation, mission, and worship.  Contact Kat through the HOPE4CE facebook page for more information. She is also a member of the Hope4CE Steering Committee.

FIG-Families In the Garden

Is your church searching for a family activity that moves slowly into an expanded social bubble while providing an opportunity for the congregation to begin to “regather” in person on your campus? Why not be a FIG and DIG?

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Children of God, of all ages, are looking for ways to connect beyond screens. Church activities have been fairly two dimensional in the last few months. Now, we are all ready to head outdoors and back to working together doing kingdom work with kingdom hands. Second Presbyterian Church is reviving one such project called FIG. The “Green Team” tends the Northside Community Garden to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the Northside Ministry’s Food Pantry. They collaborated with the Children’s Ministries Team to include members of all ages. Three years ago, a program called “FIG” began.
“FIG” is a collaborative partnership between the Community Garden and the Children’s Ministries program. It stands for Families in the Garden.

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