|Advent and Christmas|
|Carols by Candlelight|
|Other Christmas resources|
We have produced some service outlines to help you prepare a service for Advent Sunday and a Carols by Candlelight service, along with video meditations which are suitable for use in church or with a homegroup at this time of the year.
Advent Sunday service
We have developed a service outline with suggested hymns and songs, readings, prayers, an all age talk (written by Hannah Field, Girls’ Brigade Mission Development Worker and Arise Children’s evangelist) and a sermon (written by the Revd Dave Hewitt, minister of Chudleigh Baptist Church, Devon). Click the links below to download these resources:
Service Outline Advent Service Outline
Service PowerPoint (also requires the download of two audio files) Advent Service PowerPoint
Audio files for Advent Hope interviews (used in the PowerPoint but can be saved to a CD and played separately if PowerPoint is not being used)
Handouts to accompany the All Age talk (not needed if using PowerPoint or OHP slides)
Images used in the All Age talk (to prepare OHP slides) Advent All Age Talk Images
Carols by Candlelight service
To help you prepare a Carols by Candlelight service we have developed a service outline with suggested carols, readings, prayers, and a sermon (written by the Revd Dennis Pethers, Evangelist and General Director of Viz-a-Viz Ministries).
Service Outline Carol Service Outline
Service PowerPoint (also requires the download of four audio files) Carols by Candlelight PowerPoint
The readings selected for this service are the same as those used within the BMS World Mission resource A Saviour is Born. You may like to use the BMS video clips in place of a reader for each of the Bible readings.
We have produced two video meditations for use in churches and homegroups, which are particularly appropriate for Advent and Christmas services, but can be used at other times of the year.
Christmas Carol Videos
The Northern Baptist Association have some of the most popular Christmas carols available to view on-line and also download.
They are ideal for using in home groups, school assemblies or services in care homes.
We're also grateful to Ian Britton who has made some additional Christmas video resources available to download.
Mission Files with ideas for Christmas:
This Mission File has a variety of suggestions for engaging our communities with the real meaning of Christmas.
Ideas to help you plan a short service to involve every age on Christmas Eve - suitable for inviting families who come to your toddler group and the local school.
Get in the Picture:
For information about the Get in the Picture initiative to engage your community with the Christmas story, click here.
A Saviour is Born:
Click here for additional Christmas resources from BMS World Mission