Devotional and Activities Resources for Advent

November 15, 2022 | SHC Staff

The SHC Staff has put together a list of advent resources for all ages. We pray you will find some of these useful during this Advent season!

General Resources

Advent Bible Reading Project by The Advent Project
This manageable Advent Bible reading plan kicks off on December 1, and takes you through to Christmas Eve on December 24. It also includes readings for the four Sundays of Advent. Drawing from both Old and New Testaments, these readings are aimed to help us remember the promises God has made to come to his people and establish his kingdom. Save the provided picture to your phone or print it out to use as a resource throughout Advent.

Advent Journal and Liturgy Writing Guide by Every Moment Holy
This four week journal serves as a great reminder of the constant presence of God in the Advent season. The first week of Advent we look back to the incarnation, to the hope that came to us when God took on human flesh and dwelt among us. In the second week of Advent, we look forward in faith to the great hope of Christ’s return. In the third and fourth weeks of Advent we dwell on the joy and peace that are a present outworking of that great Hope, and that will be ours in full measure at its fulfillment. As this weekly journal and liturgy writing guide leads you through the themes of Advent — those of Hope, Faith, Joy, and Peace — may you be reminded of the constant, loving presence of God.

Heaven and Nature Sing: 25 Advent Reflections to Bring Joy to the World by Hannah Anderson
This book contains 25 meditations on the natural elements of the Christmas story. Accompanied by Nathan Anderson’s distinctive artwork, the entries gradually move you from hope to faith to joy to peace. 

Shadow and Light by Tsh Oxenreider
Suitable for adults or a family with pre-teens/teenagers to read together, this book includes a short Bible passage and reflection for each day of Advent. There is a dedicated Spotify playlist with a song and a website with a piece of art (created by diverse artists across time periods) for each day.

Family Resources

The Expected One: Anticipating All of Jesus in the Advent by Scott James
This short family devotional focuses on the promises of Jesus – from birth to ascension – that demonstrate His love for us during the Christmas season.

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Advent by Ann Voskamp
Longer selections retelling Old Testament connections to Jesus’ coming (suitable for older elementary kids). There are also ornaments to color and hang for each day. You could even hang these ornaments on a “Jesse” tree leading up to Christmas!

The Adventure of Christmas by Ed Drew
Designed to take less than 10 minutes each day, this book includes Bible passages from Luke and Matthew with questions for kids ages 3-high school. There are also a few suggested fun activities for each day. Accompanying advent calendars are also available for separate purchase.

The Advent Project: A Challenge to Journal, Reflect, and Celebrate Christ’s Birth
Free Download of the Advent Toolkit
This easy, interactive study takes only a few minutes per day! Although it is meant as a companion for the Advent Project book, the toolkit comes with a reading plan with cards for each day, a printout with 25 ways to share Christ at Christmas, 12 questions cards with conversation starters on Christmas traditions, and 2 calligraphy coloring pages.

The Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Printable by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Suitable for families with young children, this 2022 Advent Kit is FREE and comes with 24 printable Christmas ornaments, a reading plan for each day of December, a Christmas soundtrack, coloring pages from The Jesus Storybook Bible Coloring Book, printable memory cards and more. You can purchase The Jesus Storybook Bible Christmas Collection book to use alongside your kit, but it is not necessary.

Lifeway Family Advent Guide
Christmas is an exciting time where families can see how God has given us peace, joy, hope, and love! Each week this free resource will explore one of these themes as you open the Bible as a family and read a part of the Christmas story. After you read the story, discussion questions are included to help get the conversation started and connect this story from Scripture to your kids’ lives.

RightNow Media Resources

RightNow Media offers a number of great video resources for the Advent season. Check out the videos already loaded on the SHC shelf or find one from the vast library that RightNow Media has to offer. To sign up for a free RNM account, click here.

RNM Stone Hill Library

RNM Christmas Content