Advent is here!
Advent is all about waiting and preparing for the birth of Jesus so what will we be doing to help us to prepare this week? The theme of the first week of Advent is Hope so we will be looking forward to our hopes throughout this season of Advent.
Our song gives us lots to think about as Advent begins and our picture reminds us that we have the opportunity to make a fresh start and really become better people throughout Advent.
For our Action we have the task of creating an Advent Wreath for your classroom so that you can follow the journey through Advent. Our video will get us to think carefully about what we are waiting for and our Scripture will take us on the next step of our journey in learning about the birth of Jesus.
During this week think about what your hopes are for Advent and think about how you can prepare yourself as you wait.
If you would like to reflect on some more of the scriptures related to this topic then you can use some of the scripture references below.
Most of these are taken from Open Bible – you can use their Topical Bible Search facility to find lots more ideas! Just remember to change the Bible translation to ‘Good News Translation’ when you click on the link!
If you have found any pieces of scripture that you think link to our theme this week then please add them in the comments box below to share the Good News so that we can all enjoy them!
Click here for the Music Resource
This song is all about waiting during Advent.
Whilst you are listening to it you can either:
watch the words as they show on the screen or, close your eyes and get comfortable so that you can listen carefully to the song.
How did the song describe our feelings as we wait?
Waiting can be tough because we can feel lots of different emotions – excitement, boredom, impatience, nervousness.
However we feel when we are waiting we should trust in God and know that we are loved because no matter what happens, God will be with us.
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Advent marks the Church’s new year.
New Year is a time for new beginnings and for making a fresh start.
Think about your school year so far.
What have you done well so far?
Are you proud of what you have done so far?
What would you like to do even better?
Create some targets for this Advent. Try to achieve the things that you want to do and be a person that you, and others, are proud of.
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It can be difficult to wait for a long time and in Advent we are waiting for 4 weeks!
One way of helping us as we wait is by having something to do whilst we wait and to see how long we have to wait for.
Last week we created Advent Calendars to help us have something to do everyday as we prepare for Jesus to come into our lives but another way of measuring the time during Advent is by using the Advent Wreath.
There are lots of different parts to prepare so split into teams and then read what you need to do for your part of the Advent Wreath.
There are 5 candles on the Advent Wreath:
- 1st Week of Advent, purple candle for Hope
- 2nd Week of Advent, purple candle for Peace
- 3rd Week of Advent, pink candle for Joy
- 4th Week of Advent, purple candle for Love
- Christmastide, 1 white candle for Jesus
All 5 candles are on the Advent Wreath throughout the whole of Advent but they are only lit when we have reached that point in Advent. As the light grows it reminds us that the Light of Christ is coming into the world.
Get into 5 pairs and work together to create the candles and a flame that you can stick on when we have reached that point in Advent.
You could have another team who will prepare some nice big letters to label each candle with its theme e.g. hope, peace, joy, love, Jesus.
The circle shows that God is everlasting.
The green of the evergreen plants show that God’s love is always with us.
The red berries represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross.
You can make your wreath look more exciting by creating your leaves by drawing around your hands on green paper. When you bring all of these together it will create a lively wreath!
Don’t forget to make some berries too!
Help us to be positive and to wait patiently.
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Watch the video and see if you are right…
In this season of hoping and waiting we each may approach it quite differently. Some people will be waiting so that they can receive something special and others, as we saw in the video, will be waiting so that they can give something special.
What type of person are you? Are you waiting to give or to receive?
The gift of Jesus in the world is one that is given to all of us so that we can all receive His love. We should try to follow the example of Jesus and give our love to others so that we are sharing hope and allowing everyone to receive a special gift.
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This week’s scripture story starts just after last week’s story about Elizabeth and Zechariah. Listen carefully to what happens.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
(Glory to you O Lord.)
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth. He had a message for a young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. Her name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, “Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!”
Mary was deeply troubled by the angel’s message, and she wondered what his words meant. The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary; “may it happen to me as you have said.” And the angel left her.
The Gospel of the Lord.
(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)
Luke 1: 26-38
How did Mary feel when she saw this visitor?
What was the special news that the visitor told Mary?
How did Mary reply?
After Mary had received this very surprising news she had to wait until her baby was born.
Waiting can be very difficult because it makes us realise that we are not in control of a situation, instead God is.
Often we are in a hurry trying to get things done, especially when it comes to the time before Christmas because we are waiting for an exciting Christmas Day but we have to realise, just like Mary did, that God is in charge and we have to trust in God and believe that God will take care of us.