Missio have crafted Advent assemblies for secondary and youth groups. Each presentation includes scripture, prayer, opportunity for reflection, and links the key themes of Advent with our call to be missionaries of God’s love throughout the year.
Download these and Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord assemblies on the Missio website
Don’t mention Christmas yet … but … are you preparing for Advent in school?
Mission Together has lots of resources to use with children in Advent, including a daily Advent calendar, a quiz on symbols used at Christmas, hand-craft activities, and an Advent liturgy. Download them all at missiontogether.org.uk
As the refugee crisis continues, CAFOD’s Advent calendar this year has the theme ‘welcome the stranger’ – one of the corporal acts of mercy, and includes scripture and daily actions.
Free resources with prayers and reflections from Loyola Press in the US. If you go back to the root menu youll find more advent bits and bobs.
YCW Reflection, Can We Afford Christmas? Really interesting thing to do with groups reflecting on what we spend at Christmas – from @YCWImpact
This is a great site with loads of nice nativity images, if you root through the site there are versions of most of these things that you can use for colouring in and even some that can help you learn to draw the characters.
Advent Buddies! Let Advent be a time for young people to grow in faith by linking with an adult in the Parish. This resource is from the states, so make sure you check things through with the person responsible for safeguarding.
Why not get young people to help host Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem by running a travelling nativity. Let them be invited to homes, or let them travel around classrooms through Lent and include some prayers to help everyone get involved.
Really handy prayers that young people can lead themselves! £10.50 including UK p&p from Don Bosco Publications, the Salesian publishers, click here to order
There’s lots of bits of miscellaneous info on here, and really useful list of hymns! Find it all here.
CJM, Welcome Jesus – Advent Liturgy, there”s a free outline/script, and musical resources for purchase.
A tradition carol service format, put together by the US Bishops Conference. Find it here.
Tearfund have put together this lovely ‘God With Us’ Nativity play. Find it here.