Welcome to Rotation.org's
Worship, teaching, and celebrating Advent and Christmas
during the COVID pandemic"
a special resource forum at Rotation.org
We welcome your replies and contributions to these topics.
In most churches, preparation for Advent worship, teaching, and special programs begins early in the fall — offerings which in 2020 were greatly impacted by the COVID pandemic, and are still impacted in 2021 in many locations. Here in the U.S.A. where many of our Rotation.org members live, uncertainty about breakthrough variants and social-distancing will force many churches to rethink their traditional Advent worship and programming.
The picture may be further complicated by the traditional increase in worship attendance during Advent straining social-distancing measures, and by the need to continue to minister to members who choose to stay away from church events this year.
This will all take place during an already stressful year and a traditionally stressful time of year — made even more stressful by disruptions to family and community traditions, family gatherings, and travel restrictions (not to mention the economy). Many pastors are exhausted too. (See the article about creative exhaustion in the next post below.) All told, Advent 2020 presented us with creative, logistical, and pastoral challenges unlike anything we have faced in modern times, and Advent 2021 promises more of the same.
Fortunately, Christian educators are used to getting creative and adapting, and often it is the challenges that change us for the better. We hope this forum will inspire your Advent planning and programming to meet this year's unique challenges as we prepare to welcome the Christ child, and we invite you to share your creative ideas.
More related Advent + Covid "articles" below!
The image above is a modified version of photo
of a Nativity scene taken during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak in Naples Italy.