2023 Advent/Christmas Grants
Grants for Advent/Christmas Faith Formation related ministries are available again for Michigan UM Churches in 2023! These grants may be used for curriculum, resources, or supplies for Advent and Christmas directly related to faith formation/discipleship with all ages. Applications will be accepted through November 17th with priority for churches who did not receive a grant in 2022. Contact Rev. Kathy Pittenger with questions.
Holy Moments: Light
Light is an Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany resource for families and congregations from Practical Resources for Churches. All Michigan UM Churches can get the resources at no cost thanks to a partnership between the Michigan Conference & PRC. Use this form to request the resource (you do NOT need to order from PRC)
Advent and Christmas are significant in the life of children and in the church. This toolbox will have ideas, articles, resources, and more for ministry in 2023 as well as general information and ideas that may be able to be adapted for this year.
This toolbox will be updated through November. Ideas are also posted in the Michigan Conference Children’s Ministry Facebook Group.
Advent and Christmas Ideas
Advent and Christmas Resources: Worship Bulletins, Devotionals, Christmas Eve virtual resources, Nativity figures and more.
Advent at Home Resources
Christmas Pageant & Christmas Eve Resources
Christmas Pageant/Christmas Eve Scripts
These can be adapted for a physically distanced worship or pre-recorded for online worship. With all scripts, read through and make adjustments for your congregation before using.
A to Z Christmas Eve Script (easy to adapt)
Christmas Script – Participation Story Part 1 (moderately easy to adapt)
Christmas Cameo Script (more challenging to adapt; it could be stitched together if pre-recorded)
Just a Little Christmas Script (can be recorded and stitched together as a video to share during worship and/or online.)
Recommended by Children’s Ministry Leaders:
‘Twas the Evening of Christmas by Glenys Nellist (read the book or use the story walk for the service, additional resources below)
For additional ideas, email Kathy.
Michigan Conference Children’s Christmas Eve Service (2020)
Christmas Pageant Ideas (these are from 2020 and can be adapted for 2022)
Christmas Eve Tips
- Use glow sticks or LED candles instead of real candles for littles (advantage of glow sticks- they can take something home)
- Kids activity bags for Christmas Eve/Day services – they can take them home – filled with goodies such as Deep Blue Christmas/Advent books, Illustrated Ministry Nativity stickers, crayon packs, etc. Could also do other Christmas Crafts from Oriental Trading!
- Advent Resource from Four Publishers
- Advent & Christmas Resources from Paraclete Press
- PRCLI Advent & Christmas Resources and Links
- Messy Church
- The Season of the Nativity by Sybil MacBeth
- Let’s Make a Jesse Tree by Darcy James
- Advent A to Z: Prayerful and Playful Preparations for Families by John Indermark and Sharon Harding
- Liturgical Calendars from the Wesley Bros.
- Resources from Spark House
- Over 100 Christmas Ideas for Your Children’s Ministry from childrensministry.com
- Additional Children’s Books from picturebooktheology.com
VeggieTales Light of Christmas performed by Owl City, featuring Toby Mac
Chuck Knows Church explains Advent