A range of resources for Advent in primary and secondary schools is now available from the CAFOD website.
The resources include an Advent liturgy with accompanying notes, a reconciliation service, and an Advent calendar in PowerPoint format, which is ideal for daily class prayers.
Download from CAFOD:
Mission Together has created new liturgies, assemblies and craft activities for 2018 to help primary age groups journey through Advent.
This year’s Advent calendar for secondary schools from CAFOD has a focus on refugees and includes daily class prayers.
Missio has created Advent assemblies to help schools, colleges and youth groups journey towards Christmas. The assemblies focus on Missio’s international projects, enabling pupils to discover how the Universal Church is bringing the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love of Christ to those living in poverty, regardless of background or belief. Read more
To help primary schools journey towards Christmas, Mission Together has lots of attractive Advent resources to offer a joyful and thoughtful approach to this wonderful season. Read more
It’s that time of year already! CAFOD’s refugee-themed Advent Calendar is available to download now, and it’s great for KS3/KS4 and post-16 prayers. Read more
It’s almost October – how’s your Nativity planning going?
The Bible Society‘s Pop-Up Nativity for 2017 offers a script, video, PowerPoint visuals and colouring sheets telling the story of The Greatest Journey – following Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Read more
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
Activity Village has a range of craft activities for Advent, Christmas and other times of year which you can access for free is you’re looking for ideas to use with children – like this wooden spoon angel. They also offer a wide range of printable colouring sheets. puzzles, posters etc, but these are only available to paid members – in 2018, this costs £17.50 for a year.
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.
St William of York, Sheffield began a lovely tradition in the parish in 2005.
Starting from the church on the first Sunday of Advent, the nativity figures of Mary, Joseph and the donkey make a journey round family homes, spending each night with a different family, before returning to church on Christmas Eve – shown in the photo. A sheet with prayers for a short service arrives with Mary and Joseph at each home.
Why not get young people to help host Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem by running a travelling nativity?
Find out more from the parish website
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.