2019 Advent & Christmas Resources and Events
The United Church of Christ website and Global Ministries have a number of resources to assist worship planners throughout the Advent season. Check this webpage regularly for updates.
UCC Advent Toolkit
TIPS for making sure people know how to connect with your congregation this season:
Be sure to clearly display service times and locations for the following: Christmas Eve services, other special services, holiday church office hours and closings, building closures that affect outside group meetings (Boy Scouts, AA, etc.).
Post on social media (you can “pin” a post to the top of the feed on Facebook and Twitter), signage, website homepage, newsletters, answering machine, the bulletin, etc.
Help promote your congregation and the message of expectation this Advent with this 3 Great Loves Advent Toolkit
2019 Advent Devotionals and Resources (from the UCC):
Advent books and devotionals are available from UCC Resources. Click HERE to view them.
From the writers of the popular online Daily Devotional, A New Earth includes a biblical text, reflection, and prayer for each day. New for 2019: this popular resource now includes daily readings through Epiphany.
"Alternative Christmas" Special Giving Options (from Global Ministries):
This Advent, give the true gifts of the season—hope, joy, peace, love—with an alternative Christmas gift through Global Ministries. Click HERE to learn more.
Advent and Christmas Resources (from Global Ministries):
Global Ministries offers a variety of Advent and Christmas resources including webinars, reflections, advocacy, ecumenical statements and more.
Ahlan wa Sahlan! - Welcome! Advent Stories for Children (from Global Ministries):
Ahlan wa Sahlan: Welcome! Advent Stories for Children is a curriculum designed to help children connect the Christmas stories in the Bible to real children who live in those places today. See how they find meaning in the stories from the Bible that happened in their hometowns!
Stories, songs and ideas for worship services (from World Council of Churches):
Worship material has been prepared in different regions of the world, including two booklets with worship outlines for the four Sundays of Advent, meditations, stories and songs on peace.
Advent-Christmas devotional booklet (from UCC Minister Kathryn Schreiber):
"Advent-Christmas: Creation Awaits Christ Devotional Booklet" contains a devotional for each week of Advent and one for Christmas; it includes chants, candle lighting prayers, readings, invitations to reflect, pray, and set a spiritual intention, as well as a closing blessing.
Preaching Advent (from Center for Progressive Renewal):
Preaching Advent is a four-week, on-demand course that includes content and resources from Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Rev. Jim Keat, and other preachers to spark new insights and ideas for you to explore as you are Preaching Advent.
Advent Events from Around the Conference
Pearl City Community Church (933 Lehua Avenue, Pearl City) will host a Blue Christmas Service on Wednesday, December 4, at 6 p.m. This is "A Time for Healing Service." For more information, contact Naomi Takai at 808-226-5232.
The 72nd annual presentation of Handel's Messiah by the Central Union Oratorio Choir, Central Union Soloists and Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan is scheduled for Sunday, December 8, at 7:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary at Central Union Church (1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu). Please contact Margaret Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional information. The performance is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be received. Why not invite a friend to attend with you as they offer this time-honored gift of music to the community? This event is endorsed and sponsored by the Hawai'i Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Join Hawai'i PAAM for a children's musical, Candy Cane Lane, with several churches at the Ewa Community Church (91-1258 Renton Road, Ewa) on Friday, December 13, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 14, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, December 15, at 6 p.m. The children who are performing come from churches across O'ahu.
Join Ewa Community Church (91-1258 Renton Road, Ewa) on Wednesday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m., for a special "Blue Christmas" service with BlueZones Hawai'i and various community organizations. Blue Christmas, a time when we can acknowledge, with others, the "blue" feelings we have at Christmas time, the reasons for them, and offer them to God. This time has been called the "long, dark night of the soul" and "the winter of our discontent" in which memories of past experiences and the pain of present experiences can become overwhelming.
Lili'uokalani Protestant Church (66-090 Kamehameha Highway, Hale'iwa) presents its Christmas cantata, "Everlasting Light," on December 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m. All are invited to share the "Reason for this Season!"
Waiola Church (535 Waine'e Street, Lahaina) will host a Pancake Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 21, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. In addition to breakfast, there will be paper crafts and a visit by Santa! Tickets are $8 (pre-sale) and $10 at the door. Contact the church at 808-661-4349 or email@example.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
Central Union Church (1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu) invites all to their Blue Christmas: A Service of Reflection for the Longest Night, on Saturday, December 21, at 6:30 p.m. This service of music, silent meditation, scripture, and healing prayer acknowledges sadness and loss, remembering that no one is alone, and that light will come again.
Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo is undertaking a project called "An Advent of Giving." There is a daily devotional for the season, and at the close of each day's reading there is an invitation to "pray with a gift of food." Last year they collected over 400 pounds of food for a local food pantry! Volumes 1, 2, and 3 of the devotionals may be found HERE.
*If your church would like to post Advent or Christmas events or worship service resources, send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.