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Advent Lessons and IdeasWelcome to our expanding collection of Advent and Epiphany lessons, ideas, programs, celebration, and teaching resources.  Browse a topic and don't forget to add your ideas.

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Most Recent Post At-Home and Family Celebrations and Activities for Advent and Christmas

Isaiah 7 (Immanuel), Isaiah 9 (Wonderful Counselor...), and Matthew 1 (you shall name him Jesus). This revised and improved "WT" lesson set was previously titled, "Birth of Jesus through the Eyes of Isaiah." 

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Most Recent Post (WT) Advent: Isaiah Promised, Jesus Fulfilled - Summary of Lesson Set
Writing Team Lesson Set: Advent ~ Isaiah Promised; Jesus Fulfilled

Gabriel visits Mary (Luke 1:26-38), Mary's Song of Joy (Luke 1: 46-55), Mary Treasures and Ponders what the Shepherds say (Luke 2:8-20)

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Most Recent Post (WT) Mary Accepts, Magnifies, and Ponders - Service
Writing Team Lesson Set: Mary Accepts, Magnifies, Ponders

Luke 2's story of the Angels Announcing Jesus' Birth to the Shepherds

Most Recent Post (WT) Shepherds and Angels ~ Art Workshop
The Writing Team's "Shepherds and Angels" Advent Lesson Set

The Writing Team's "Jesus is Born!" lesson set is open to all!
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Scripture in this set: Matthew 1:18-25 (Angel's Announcement to Joseph) and Luke 2:1-7 (Decree, Journey to Bethlehem, and Birth).

Most Recent Post (WT) Jesus is Born! ~ Bible Skills and Games Workshop
Writing Team Lesson Set:  Jesus is Born! - Open to All Guests and Members

The Magi Lesson Set from the Writing Team has six uniquely creative workshop-style lessons on the Matthew 2:1-12 story. Each emphasizes important life applications. Everyone can read the Lesson Summaries and Bible Background. Supporting members can access the lesson plans. Join today

Adaptable by all types of Sunday School. Great ideas for Advent Programs too.

Most Recent Post (WT) The Magi ~ Lesson Set Overview and Lesson Summaries
Writing Team Lesson Set:  The Magi

Sunday School lessons and ideas related to the prophets' hope for a Messiah, and Isaiah's famous prophecies. "On them has the light shined." "Immanuel," "Wonderful Counselor," "Prince of Peace." Including Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9

Most Recent Post ART Lessons & Ideas for Isaiah foretells the Messiah
Jesus' Birth foretold by Isaiah and the Prophets

This forum focuses mainly on Matthew 1 and Luke 1's "pre-birth" Christmas stories: Mary and Joseph's story, the Annunciation of the Angel, Mary's Song of Joy. Mary and Elizabeth. Elizabeth and Zechariah. Some lessons here also include other parts of the Birth story.

Most Recent Post STORYTELLING and SCIENCE Lessons and Ideas for Jesus' Birth Through the Eyes of Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, &/or Zechariah
Jesus' Birth Foretold, Announced: Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, Zechariah

Sunday School lessons, ideas, and resources featuring Luke 2's story of the "decree," journey to Bethlehem, "no room at the inn," Jesus' birth in the manger, and the appearance of the angels to the shepherds. Some lessons here may include other parts of the Birth story as well.

Most Recent Post DRAMA / NEWSROOM / PUPPET Workshop Lessons & Ideas for Shepherds, Angels, Stable
Luke 2's Birth of Jesus stories: Decree, Journey, Manger, Shepherds

Simeon and Anna meet the baby Jesus in the Temple, Luke 2:21-40

Most Recent Post OTHER Ideas and Resouces for Simeon and Anna (not covered in other topics here)
Jesus' Birth through the Eyes of Simeon & Anna

Wisemen, Magi, Star of Bethlehem, Herod, Gifts.  Matthew 2.

Most Recent Post VIDEO, A-V Workshop Lessons and Ideas for the story of the Wisemen/Magi
Matthew 2's Story of the Wisemen, Magi, Star, Gifts

This "More Birth of Jesus Lesson Resources" forum includes a number of lesson activities and ideas that TEND TO COVER MORE THAN ONE PART of the Advent Story. If you want to focus on part of the story, such as on The Magi or The Shepherds, look in their more story-specific forums.

Most Recent Post Children's Sermons for Advent, Birth of Jesus, Epiphany
More Birth of Jesus Lesson Resources and Ideas

In this topic we are collecting Advent resources and ideas that don't seem to fit in our other more "story-specific" topics, including  Advent "at home" celebrations and resources, "Christmas around the world," Advent calendars, wreaths, candles, etc.

Most Recent Post MISC Advent Arts and Craft Projects, Advent Wreaths and liturgy, Advent Calendar
More Advent Resources, Ideas, Christmas traditions, At-Home resources, Misc.

This forum shares ideas and resources for celebrating Christmas in the church and at home: liturgies, ideas, "Advent Programs" (pageants, special worship, skits, etc), ideas for lighting the Advent Candles, Advent projects, family celebrations and activities, and more.

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Most Recent Post Advent Candle Lighting Ideas and Resources
Celebrating Christmas in Church & At Home, programs, pageants, and more!

Lesson ideas and resources for celebrating New Year's and Epiphany Sunday (aka "Three Kings Day").

Note: For Sunday School lessons about the  Matthew 2 story of the Magi, Wisemen, "3 Kings," go to our public Magi forum. You'll also want to see our Writing Team's Lesson Set about the Magi. It includes ideas for celebrating Epiphany.

Most Recent Post Celebrating the New Year ~ Bible Style!
Epiphany, Three Kings Day, and New Year's Lessons and Resources
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