Advent and Christmas Resources


'Tis the season...almost! Sunday, November 28th marks the beginning of Advent. As we prepare to journey through the season, we hope the resources provided in this edition will help jumpstart your planning and give you fresh ideas. As you begin preparations for the Advent season, consider the following resources for new ideas. 



  • 4 Great Advent Outreach Ideas

  • Christmas is not your Birthday - Pastor Mike Slaughter inspires readers to approach Christmas differently, and be transformed in the process.

  • Creative Christmas Outreach - ways to engage your congregation in fun, meaningful efforts that will extend a personal word of welcome to people in your community who are searching for connection.

  • Giving Tuesday - November 30 - a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.


  • Advent Communication graphics from United Methodist Communications

  • Seeker-Friendly Christmas events - great tips to make your event a success from Resource UMC.

  • Roll out the welcome mat - For some people, Christmas and Easter are the only times they go to church. Visitors seeking a church to call home—even a temporary home— want to feel welcomed. That is why it is critical for congregations to have a strategic plan for welcoming visitors, especially during holiday services.

  • Invite Christmas Eve guests to return - tips for inviting Christmas Eve visitors to return the next Sunday or in January.



Our Connection really does matter! We would love to hear about resources you are finding helpful in your ministry setting that we can share with other local churches. Please take a moment to email us your ideas: Rev. Ashley Davis.