Advent Resources for 2020

 

This Advent will be different than any in our lifetime as communities anticipate Christmas amid a pandemic. The invitation to hope, peace, love, joy, and light are as important as ever. Here are seven planning resources to consider this season. 
 

Planning: Advent and Christmas in the Midst of COVID
(UMCDiscipleship.org)
How do you plan for Advent and Christmas music when you don’t know what to plan for? Who to plan for? Where to plan for? What we do know is why we plan for the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season. Discipleship Ministries offers creative suggestions for your congregation. 
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Advent Material, Studies, and Resources: Cokesbury Advent
(cokesbury.com/advent2020)
Cokesbury offers dozens of Advent resources, including a helpful Advent studies Comparison Chart to help you find the perfect study for your small group or your congregation.
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Webinar Series: The Promise of Advent
(AmplifyMedia.com)
In The Promise of Advent webinar series, host Adam Hamilton – pastor and bestselling author – will discuss church leaders’ hopes and concerns around Advent planning with a panel of pastors and experts. Their conversations will help resource and inspire leaders struggling with planning for Advent and staying spiritually focused on its promise of redemption.
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Book and Accompanying Resources: Hope: An Advent Journey
(hopeadventjourney.com)
A new book by North Georgia's own Rev. Olu Brown is intended for individual or group study. Free supporting resources including sermon starters, videos, small group guides, and liturgies are offered at the Hope: An Advent Journey website.
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Daily Social Media Prompts for Churches: Advent 2020
(http://www.doubtingbeliever.com)
On her blog, Doubting Believer, Rev. Anne Russ offers daily prompts for social media for local churches from the first Sunday of Advent through Christmas Day. From quotes to prayers to the best times to share details about Advent and Christmas plans, this is an excellent guide. 
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Worship Matters Podcast: Planning for Advent
(UMCdiscipleship.org)
The Worship Team from Discipleship Ministries discusses the meanings and traditions of Advent in this wide-ranging conversation. In light of COVID-19 and the restrictions in place, how will we be able to celebrate this holy season? Maybe unlike anything we’ve done before! Listen in for ideas and inspiration for Advent worship 2020. 
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O Zoom All Ye Faithful: Online Christmas Padgent
(https://getlitworship.wordpress.com)
Worship blogger Rev. Corey Turnpenny shares ideas for how to do a Zoom Christmas Pageant, including virtual backgrounds and the halo filter. She offers a script plus how-to and practical suggestions for pulling it off. 
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And more!
Still looking for helpful resources? Here area few more useful tools for planning Advent and Christmas 2020: