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Advent Worship and Christmas "Programs" during the COVID pandemic -- ideas and resources

The following topic is more about in-church, in-person Advent during the era of COVID. If you're looking for at-home lessons and celebration ideas, go to our Celebrating and Teaching about Advent & Christmas at Home forum.

Worshiping and Learning Together
during Advent and Christmas

We originally developed this topic for the 2020 Advent season when COVID was on the rise and there was no vaccine. We're now adapting and adding to it for the 2021 Advent Season where things are still up in the air in some churches, and some distancing or masking restrictions are still in place in many churches.

As we head toward the holiday season, here are a few of the questions on everyone's minds:

  • How do we gather in-church or at-home in meaningful ways to celebrate the birth of Jesus?
  • How do we reach out and involve those who can't be with us?
  • Is there a safe way to sing the joyous songs of the season - together?
  • How can we keep our traditions and stay safe at the same time?
  • How do we include older members and others who are not comfortable gathering at this time?

Each church's response will  be different, based on needs, size, resources, traditions, and location with regard to COVID rates. And we already know from recent "re-openings" that many members are making up their own minds about "what's safe" and some are staying away. That raises the additional task (and opportunity) of providing both for those in-church and for those who need to be included at home.

The common need is for attractive options and flexible thinking. Many traditions will need to be tweaked, and that also presents us with an opportunity to get out of our ruts and start new traditions.

Here are a few initial resources:

Keep in mind that some people will not want to wear masks, or may be unvaccinated, and this may affect both those who won't and those who do attend.

And... be prepared to share your programs with members who CANNOT ATTEND in person. In that respect, Facetime and Zoom are real "angels."

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