Advent Week 1 – Hope

Advent, from the Latin word adventus, means “coming,” which is fitting for believers during the Christmas season as it is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth.  Traditionally, Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day.  Advent is not just celebrating a moment in time when a baby was born but a turning point in history.  Jesus’ act of love, being born as a helpless baby, paves the way for God’s rescue plan to change history forever.

Advent is also a spiritual journey through Scripture: Focusing on the birth of Jesus, reaffirming that he has come as our Savior, that He is present in our hearts/lives, and that He will come again in the future.

In Heroes Gate, we’re focusing on four themes of Advent: Hope, joy, peace and love.  We are excited to partner with you by providing resources we’ve created and collected to equip and empower your family in remembering God’s amazing love and gift this Christmas.  It is our hope and prayer that you will grow closer to Jesus as a family this season.  Merry Christmas!

Family Devotional – Take time together this week to read about how the birth of Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist, was a sign of hope for the world.  Week 1 Advent Devo

Activities

24 Daily Advent Activities – Want to celebrate Advent every day as a family?  Here is a great list of advent activities and devotions for each day leading up to Christmas.  24-Days-of-Advent

Early Childhood Activity: Read the story about John the Baptist’s birth in Luke 1.  Have your Preschooler see how long he/she can go without saying a word.  Then ask questions about the story and see how they respond.  Talk about how hard that must have been for Zechariah not being able to speak till after his son was born.  Color the pictures as you discuss the story together.  Week 1 Coloring Page

Elementary Activity – Read the story from Luke 1 about John the Baptist’s birth.  Ask kids to answer the following questions about the story: Who is involved?  What is happening?  Why is it happening?  How is it happening?  Where is it happening?  Then have kids use the storyboard below to draw the story and its different scenes.  Afterwards, have kids retell the story using their storyboard drawings.  Advent blank storyboard

Family Service Ideas – Each week ,we will share 10 easy ideas for spreading love and kindness together as a family during this holiday season.  Choose 1 for the whole month or 1 per week.  Advent Acts of Kindness for Families1