Reverse Advent: For Families and RE Programs, An Activity to Teach the Spiritual Discipline of Reaching Out
In December, young people and their families have an opportunity to connect a story of the season with service to a local food cupboard or shelter. While Friends do not always “celebrate Advent.” the story told in this way over the weeks leading to Christmas is a useful tool. You can focus on different parts of the nativity story each week and connect people’s needs during their journeys to Bethlehem to the needs in our communities today.
This is a guide to share with families in the meeting community for how to participate in the service component, while also having discussions at home about food insecurity and poverty. The hope is to focus on giving this time of year, and connecting this service learning to the nativity story being told in many places around us, whether we focus on this in our children’s program or not.
This is adapted for Friends from an article by Krista Lovell (a Christian Educator) on the “Building Faith” website of Virginia Theological Seminary.
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Reverse Advent for Friends: A Spiritual Discipline of Reaching Out
Author: Melinda Wenner Bradley
Age Group: All Ages
Preparation Time: 1.00
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Topics: Advent, Christmas, Community, Service, Service Projects, Sharing, Simplicity, Spiritual Journeys, Stewardship