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Everything you need for your Passport to Advent

Day 1:

Bible Verse: Isaiah 9:2a

Activity: Make a Christmas Light Ornament
You will need: a candle template, black paper, assorted colour tissue, glue, scissors
1. Cut two candle patterns from the black paper.
2. Tear small strips of tissue paper
3. Glue tissue paper to edges of black paper until it is entirely covered.
4. Glue 2nd black candle pattern to back
5. Trim around the edges

Song or Video: O Holy Night

Prayer: Prayer for the 1st Sunday of Advent
"Almighty God, as your kingdom dawns, turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness, that we may be ready to meet you in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen"

 

Day 13:

Bible Verse: Matthew 1:20

Activity: Do some Christmas Colouring

Song or Video: The Story of Christmas (Mary and Joseph)

Prayer: Ready Steady Slow Prayer 2
"Jesus our Light, as we prepare to celebrate your birth, may we hear your call to live rightly, honestly and generously and so receive you, the Prince of Peace. Amen"

 

Day 2:

Bible Verse: Isaiah 7:14

Activity: Have a go at making your own Christmas Card.

Song or Video: The Christmas Poem

Prayer: An Advent Prayer
"God of light and hope, look upon us in love, and fill us with the spirit of Jesus that we may love you and serve in your kingdom. Protect us during this week and keep us watchful in prayer as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world, and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen."

 

Day 14:

Bible Verse: Matthew 1:21

Activity: Go on a Christmas Scavenger Hunt (click here for a list of things you could search for.

Song or Video: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Prayer: Pray for Fathers

 

Day 3:

Bible Verse: Luke 1:13-14

Activity: Post your handmade Christmas card.

Song or Video: Away in a Manger

Prayer: Pray for Children

 

Day 15:

Bible Verse: Isaiah 9:7a

Activity: Have a competition to spot the most Christmas Trees

Song or Video: Nativity Story Birth to Cross

Prayer: Prayer for the 3rd Sunday of Advent
"God for whom we watch and wait, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son: give us courage to speak the truth; to hunger for justice, and to suffer for the cause of right, with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen"

Day 4:

Bible Verse: Isaiah 9:2b

Activity: Donate something to charity

Song or Video: Starlight

Prayer: Pray to say thank you

 

Day 16:

Bible Verse: Matthew 2:9

Activity: Take a Christmas Family Photo

Song or Video: We Three Kings

Prayer: A Christmas Prayer - Robert Louis Stevenson
"Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake. Amen."

Day 5:

Bible Verse: Luke 1:18-19

Activity: Make a bubble wrap snowman
You will need: Paper – white, black and orange, Paint – white and blue, Bubble wrap, Glue
1. Cut out a snowman shape, hat, nose and five circles for eyes and buttons.
2. Use the bubble wrap to press paint onto the snowman shape.
3. Glue on the hat, eyes, nose and buttons.

Song or Video: O Come All Ye Faithful

Prayer: Pray for Guernsey Caring for Ex-Offenders

 

Day 17:

Bible Verse: Matthew 2:10

Activity: Have a Christmas Joke Competition

Song or Video: Joy to the World

Prayer: Pray for the sick

 

Day 6:

Bible Verse: John 1:6-9

Activity: Curl up and get cosy for a hot chocolate evening.

Song or Video: Christmas Story Kids Version

Prayer: Ready Steady Slow Prayer 1
“O God, you come to us in stillness; a silent whisper you speak words of love, and we, in that moment, discover the peace that is eternity. Amen."

 

Day 18:

Bible Verse: Isaiah 9:7b

Activity: Make a crown ornament
You will need: cardboard tube, sparkly accessories, paint, paintbrush, glue, scissors
1. Cut about two inches from a cardboard tube.
2. Use scissors to make a zig zag shape on one side.
3. Paint.
4. Decorate with your sparkly accessories.

Song or Video: The Greatest Journey

Prayer: Pray to ask for help

 

Day 7:

Bible Verse: Luke 2:1

Activity: Get comfy and watch a Christmas movie as a family.

Song or Video: There is a Star

Prayer: Pray for Mothers

 

Day 19:

Bible Verse: Matthew 2:11

Activity: Give someone a secret gift

Song or Video: The Story of Christmas (Jesus and the Wise Men)

Prayer: Pray for PACE

Day 8:

Bible Verse: Isaiah 9:6a

Activity: Draw, make, or set up a nativity scene.

Song or Video: Christmas in a Nutshell

Prayer: Prayer for the 2nd Sunday of Advent
"Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds, so that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour, we may be ready to receive him, who is our Lord and our God. Amen."

 

Day 20:

Bible Verse: Luke 2:8-9

Activity: Go for a walk around your local area, or maybe go for a drive to see all the Christmas lights.

Song or Video: While Shepherds Watch

Prayer: Ready Steady Slow Prayer 3
"Jesus, your birth is celebrated in the music of heaven and the carols of earth. In our joy and laughter, give us ears to hear the angels' song and seek peace and good will for all people. Amen."

Day 9:

Bible Verse: Luke 2:4

Activity: Make a fun Christmas video message and send it to family and friends

Song or Video: O Little Town of Bethlehem

Prayer: Sometimes we Lose Sight - Robin Philo
“We have hustled about, going here, going there. Buying gifts for our loved ones, choosing each one with care. We've wrapped all our presents with pretty ribbons and bows. We've baked all our goodies and made a tree that would glow. Now I question the reason for all this fuss. Is it just for tradition that we celebrate this year? A time to be festive with the ones we hold dear. Sometimes we lose sight and forget the real reason, for what we are celebrating during this wintery season. Have we forgotten Him? The One born to Mary. The One God has sent us for our sins to carry. They called his name Jesus, a name fitting and right. for our beautiful Saviour born to Mary that night. Father in heaven, help me to remember, your Son, precious and dear. Not only at Christmas but throughout the whole year.”

 

Day 21:

Bible Verse: Luke 2:10-11

Activity: Make Christmas Cookies. Follow this link to get a great recipe for Christmas Gingerbread Men!

Song or Video: An Unexpected Christmas

Prayer: Pray for The Church

 

Day 10:

Bible Verse: Luke 2:6-7

Activity: Choose a Christmas book a read it together.

Song or Video: Silent Night

Prayer: Pray for Older Adults

 

Day 22:

Bible Verse: Isaiah 9:7c

Activity: Not long to go now! Wrap some presents together.

Song or Video: The First Noel

Prayer: Prayer for the 4th Sunday of Advent
"Almighty God, as we prepare with joy to celebrate the gift if the Christ-child, embrace the earth with your glory and be for us a living hope in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Day 11:

Bible Verse: Isaiah 9:6b

Activity: Create some paper snowflakes

Song or Video: The Well Good News of Christmas

Prayer: Pray to say sorry

 

Day 23:

Bible Verse: Luke 2:13-14

Activity: Make an Angel Ornament
You will need: 2 cupcake liners, Glue/Tape, Pipe cleaner, Scissors, Paper, Markers
1. Fold one cupcake liner in half, then in half again.
2. Flatten another one an cut two triangles out of it for the wings.
3. Glue them together and make sure the bottom is flat.
4. Cut out a circle with paper and draw an Angel face on it with markers.
5. Twist a pipe cleaner into a halo and the longer piece can be taped to the back.

Song or Video: Hark the Herald

Prayer: Pray for the lonely

Day 12:

Bible Verse: John 1:14

Activity: Create a crafty Christmas Tree, there are loads of different ways you could do this here is one of my favourites for you to try.
You will need: card, green wool, tiny pompoms or something to use for decoration, glue and scissors.
1. Cut a triangle out of the card.
2. Cover the card with glue and wrap the wool around it.
3. Stick the pom poms on as decorations

Song or Video: It was on a Starry Night

Prayer: Pray for Guernsey Welfare

 

Day 24:

Bible Verse: John 3:16

Activity: Make a Christingle
You will need: an orange, red tape or ribbon, foil, candle, four cocktail sticks, soft sweets like dolly mixtures
1. Fasten a piece of red sticky tape or ribbon around the middle of the orange.
2. Cut a small cross in the top of each orange (place it on a tray to catch the juice) and lay a square of silver foil (75mm/3in square) over the cross. The foil will help prevent hot wax running onto a child’s hand.
3. Place a candle on top and wedge it firmly into the orange.
4. Load four cocktail sticks with soft sweets and insert them into the orange around the base of the candle.
Store the Christingles upright in trays in a cool place.

Song or Video: Bethlehem Rhapsody

Prayer: The Lord's Prayer
"Our Father, in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come; your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, for ever and ever. Amen."

Day 25:

Bible Verse: Isaiah 9:2,6-7