Welcome to this year’s series of Advent reflections, which are designed for children between 7 and 10 years of age, though they can be used with younger or older children or even by adults.
Advent is a season in the church’s year that marks the four weeks before Christmas where, as Christians, we look forward to the coming of Jesus, both as a baby at the nativity and to his second coming.
In this series of reflections, I have taken the gospel narratives of the birth, and looked at the characters involved, and some of Jesus’ ancestors. In addition, on each of the Sundays the reflections are looking at the character of Jesus, as the light of the world, which tie in with the use of an Advent Wreath/Crown.
Traditionally, circular Advent Wreaths representing God’s never-ending love for us, with evergreen leaves, representing the hope of eternal life through God’s son Jesus Christ. The four candles represent the coming of Jesus as the light of God are lit successively on each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. The candles are also sometimes used to represent concepts such as hope, peace, love, and joy.
Each day’s page consists of :
- a scripture passage which is linked to the nativity story,
- a reflection based on the passage,
- an activity, which may be something to make or something to do,
- something extra to do if you wanted to take the passage further,
- and a theme song for each week.
I hope that you enjoy these reflections and please do share them with your friends.
Scripture quotations taken from
The Holy Bible, New International Version (Anglicised edition)
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