New for 2016! Daily Devotions will be written in both English and Spanish!

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How do you #pictureAdvent?

Join Christians around the world as we all celebrate Advent, the season when we prepare our hearts, minds and souls for the coming of Christ!  

This year, let's be sure we don't rush through this special season straight to Christmas. Advent is a special time, and LECFamily wants to help you make it a special experience for yourself, your family, and your church. Here are a few ways to make this Advent season one to remember:

#pictureAdvent Photo-a-Day 

First, we want to share our Advent celebration with all our friends and family, so we're inviting you to use each day's theme to inspire a daily photo. Post each day with the theme and #pictureAdvent so we can all be inspired together!

Daily Devotions

Each day during Advent, you can receive a devotion based on the day's theme direct to your inbox. These devotions are designed for people of all ages -- not just families with children! They will also be posted here so you can share them with friends and family easily through social media.

Family Activities

2016 Family ADVENTure to Christmas Wreath
In addition to sharing in the daily devotions, your family can create new memories and traditions throughout Advent at home with our family activities. Created to bring your family closer to one another and closer to Christ, these activities are sure to make meaningful memories!

Click Here to Download Family Activities (2015)

Resources for Churches:

Weekly Liturgy and Bulletin Inserts

Click here to Download Candle Lighting Liturgy as Printable Bulletin Inserts - 2016
Each Sunday in Advent, we will offer downloadable bulletin inserts designed to be printed two-sided: one side for the week's litany and the other side will include the daily texts for the following week.
Previous Years' Resources:
Click Here to Download Litany and Weekly Reading Bulletin Inserts (2015)

Sermon Planning Guide

Click Here to Download 2016 Sermon Starters
 If your church is participating in #pictureAdvent, use this opportunity to create a sermon series around our resources! You will be able to download an outline of our weekly themes as well as suggestions for sermon topics, questions to address, imagery to consider, and more!
Previous Years' Resources:
Click Here to Download the Sermon Planning Guide (2015)
Click here to Download #pictureAdvent Presentation Slide Backgrounds (2015)

Youth Group Activities

Click Here to Download Youth Group Activities (2016)
Be sure the season of Advent is part of your youth group's experience this year. These rituals and activities will be a great add-on to your regular youth programming or special event!
Previous Years' Resources:
Click Here to Download Youth Group Activities (2015)

Children's Ministry Activities

Click Here to Download Children's Ministry Activities (2016)
How are you incorporating Advent themes and experiences into your Sunday School, Children's Church, or weekly experiences? These activities can be a curriculum to themselves, or they are a great add-on to your existing curriculum as a seasonal focus. 

The 2016 #pictureAdvent Team:

Melissa Cooper and Tanya Eustace, Project Coordinators
Leigh Meekins, Copy Editor
Aaron del Pozo, Spanish Translator
Lisa Degrenia and John Forrest Douglas, Preaching and Worship Resources
Monique McBride, Family Activities
Amanda Bressler and Becky Gilbert, Youth Activities
Sarah Kalkwarf and Jerusalem Greer, Children's Activities

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