23 September 2015
Christmas and Advent resources
Resources for outreach or themed church services
Here is a selection of resources that are available for 2015:
Bible Society are repeating Advent Challenge that was so successful in 2014 https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/about-bible-society/our-work/adventchallenge/
Breakout Trust have produced It's a Boy - a DVD that is suitable for use at evangelistic events that have a Christmas theme. Using the same theme the Trust have also created resources that include have created a board game, a talking book and a musical score.
Bridge-Builders are offering Christmas Journeys, taken from the New Living Translation of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke arranged in chronological order. The Bible text is followed by an eight page Gospel presentation about the significance of Christmas and a reply card for further information. http://www.bridge-builders.net
Church Army: Why not have Mary and Joseph come and stay with you for one night? Free Posada resources are available. http://eauk.co/1iwkzS1
Church Urban Fund have created resources for a The Advent Sleepout Challenge 2015 https://www.sleepoutchallenge.org.uk/
CPO (Christian Publishing & Outreach) offer a full range of Christmas promotional and advertising materials for your church's outreach service which can be overprinted with church details; they also have evangelistic tracts and booklets that can be given out at events.
For more information or to order a catalogue please visit www.cpo.org.uk or phone 01903 263354.
Christmas starts with Christ is a campaign aimed at helping churches to make Christ and the amazing story of his birth the focus of the nation's favourite time of year. See more at: http://eauk.co/H1z7GR
Dry Bones Trust have Happy Christmas? a 14 page booklet suitable for giving out at Christmas events available for 60p each although bulk prices are also available http://dbtresources.weebly.com/christmas.html
Eikon Bible Art have a number of resources that can help you in your work with children and young people, including a comic book entitled Legends of faith, activity packs, a short film explaining the real meaning of Christmas called Becky's Christmas, downloadable Bible stories related to the Christmas story with memory verses, teaching guides, puzzles and drawing pages and DVD's of Christmas related Bible stories. http://eauk.co/1FMcn7O
Embrace Middle East have free Bethlehem Carol Sheets available and an Advent resource pack that includes sermon suggestions, ideas for interactive children's sessions, a powerpoint presentation on modern day Holy Land and suggestions of hymns and songs. http://www.embraceme.org/embrace-christmas
The Good Book Company have outreach resources including small booklets and leaflets.
For more information or to order visit http://eauk.co/1gMQ0q2 or phone 0333 123 0880.
Kevin Mayhew Publishers have a large range of resources for advent and Christmas services including musical plays, songbooks and sheet music, art and craft ideas, ideas for school assemblies and collections of reflections and prayers.
For more information see www.kevinmayhew.com or phone 0845 388 1634
Lifewords UK* have redsigned their popular Christmas resource, The Christmas Story for 2015.
For more information or to order visit www.sgmlifewords.com/christmas/ or phone 020 7730 2155.
Meaningful Chocolate Company have produced a Real Advent calendar which they hope will educate the 36 per cent of children who don't know whose birthday we celebrate at Christmas. As well as Fairtrade Belgian chocolate pieces the calendars include a 32 page Christmas story activity booklet and excerpts from the Christmas story in every window. http://www.realadvent.co.
Paperless Christmas developed by the Bible Reading Fellowship have a Jesus and Mary road movie that you could play in your church youth group or at Christmas themed evangelistic events. They also have resources to accompany each episode of the story that are aimed at teachers and church youth group leaders www.paperlesschristmas.org
Philo Trust will have the mini book Making Christmas Connnection by J John available for £1.00 from 15 October 2015 and J John's The Gift will be available for £2.00 from October too. Bulk buy prices are available too. The Proclaiming Christmas book , a collection of Christmas sermons by great preachers is also available. For more information or to order visit www.philotrust.com or phone 01923 287777
Stewardship are offering 4 sermon outlines for the Advent season and a twice weekly email reflection as part of their Advent Wonder resource http://www.stewardship.org.uk/be-inspired/advent-wonder
Tearfund, HOPE and Sports Chaplaincy UK have resources available to enable churches to organise their own Sing Christmas carol event. www.singchristmas.org
The Children's Society produce resources for church services and children and youth activities around the theme of the Christingle (meaning 'Christ Light') as a symbol of the Christian Faith.
For more information visit http://eauk.co/1aKB4SO or phone 0207 7841 4400
Unlock has resources aimed primarily at urban churches reaching out to oral learners including the Advent resource God finds us and Nechells Unlocks which is designed for use with small groups from outside of the church in the run up to Christmas.www.unlock-urban.org.uk/resources_projects.php
Viva have produced a resource for Advent that will help you take a moment in your Advent services to reflect on God's Word through the eyes of children around the world. www.viva.org/downloads/advent/hopeforadvent.html
WaterAid have Advent resources for Sunday school sessions during the 4 Advent Sundays with the theme Deliver Life. They also have other Deliver Life resources including a powerpont presentation and a film (available after 14 Nov 2015) www.wateraid.org/uk/deliverlife-churches
What if Christmas became a world-changing event again? Turn your Christmas upside down.
BRF have The Gingerbread Nativity which uses the popular tradition of making and decorating gingerbread houses and biscuits to explore the themes of Advent and the story of the first Christmas. www.brfonline.org.uk/DOWNLOAD1612/
ACAT (Action by Christians Against Torture).
ACAT have an annual Christmas Greetings campaign that encourages Christians to show their support for their fellow Christians who are tortured because of their faith. The 2015 list of prisoners will be available from www.acatuk.org.uk
Get in the picture
Get in the Picture is an exciting project that allows you to take part in the Christmas story. Dress up as a shepherd, a King or as Mary and imagine yourself as a character in one of the greatest stories ever told. An opportunity to get your local community thinking about the Christmas story.
The Prison Fellowship Angel Tree project.
Angel Tree is the Prison Fellowship's project that sends Christmas presents to children of prisoners in the UK.
For more information visit www.prisonfellowship.org.uk or phone 0207 799 2500
Operation Christmas Child, run by Samaritan's Purse, collects and distributes gift-filled boxes to children in various developing countries around the world. It is possible to fill boxes online via Shoebox World. Go boxes for 2015 are available for those who want a customised box to fill with gifts.
For more information www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk or phone 0870 011 2002
Contact your local Salvation Army Division or your nearest City Mission to see if they have any vacancies for volunteers to serve others in their community during the Christmas season.
Many charities offer Christians the opportunity to select gifts on behalf of their family and friends to send them to those in desperate need. Some creative gift ideas include: bicycles for pastors; goats, pigs, cows or chickens for poor families; bibles for believers; winter coats for those in need; bible training for young believers; seed kits for farmers; blankets; medical aid for street children and more.Some Christian charities you can contact are:
- Send a Cow: www.sendacowgifts.org.uk/christmas
- World Share Gift of Hope: http://eauk.co/1OunMz1Tel: 01302 775209
- World Vision: www.worldvision.org.uk/ways-give/buy-gift/ Tel: 01908 841010
- All we can: http://www.allwecan.org.uk/service-materials/extraordinary-christmasTel: 020 7467 5132
- Support the work of Christian Aid through Present Aid: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/give/other/presentaid.aspx
- Feed a family, train a teacher, teach a woman to read are just some of the things you can do via Embrace the Middle East: http://eauk.co/1t8Aubu
Looking out for fairly-traded Christmas presents and decorations when you shop can make a difference to more than just one person. You can view the online catalogues and/or order one from the organisations below.
Christmas facts and figures. A collection of surveys, quotes and statistics about Christmas. Ideal for sermons and talks compiled by the Evangelical Alliance's information officer: http://eauk.co/MVby1p
It is worth remembering that many charities produce their own Christmas cards to raise funds. Why not contact your favourite charity to ask whether they have cards for sale? Always check the percentage given to the designated charity in high street selections as it may be minimal. Also don't forget to have a look at the range of Christmas cards for sale at your local Christian bookshop.
- Bible Society have personalised Christmas cards available. For more information visit printshop.biblesociety.org.uk
- Good Book Company sell handmade cards from a Chrstian project in Kenya: http://eauk.co/1FMcJeH
- Embrace Middle East have a large range of cards including many that feature Bible verses. http://eauk.co/1iwkWvN or phone 01227 811646
- Scripture Union have a range of Christmas Cards and Advent calendars http://eauk.co/Hc6q9N
- Eden have a general range of cards http://www.eden.co.uk/christmas-cards/
All of the resources and suppliers/producers listed above are provided for information only, inclusion in the list idoes not constitute a recommendation by the Evangelical Alliance. If you know of any good Christian resource that you think we should include please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org