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Stephanie Caro's humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. She is Senior Consultant for Ministry Architects and author of "Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches" and "99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker." Her next book, “Ten Solutions (to Ten Common Mistakes Small Churches Make)” comes out in 2015. Stephanie is a contributing author to several ministry resources in addition to her regular column “Smaller Church Youth Ministry” in Group Magazine. Stephanie and her husband, Steve, live in Houston, TX.

I’m sitting still in a chair with 20 minutes to do nothing and I thought: Advent ideas! (Yeah, isn’t it everyone’s first thought while sitting under the dryer at their hairdresser’s?)

We’ve got some time till Advent since it doesn’t start till Dec. 2nd this year. You can still make these happen:

Idea 1) Creative Online Advent Devo’s: Set up a FB page where students and adults in your ministry are assigned a day in Advent to post their fave Christmas picture of themselves, a Bible verse and make a comment or two. Send out the link to EVERYONE to check back each day for a countdown to Christmas.

Idea 2) Interactive Advent Calendar:
Assign students and adults in your ministry a different Advent scripture and a day # of Advent. Give them each a poster board and lots of decorating materials. Have each person make a giant card with their day # on the front and their scripture on the inside.

On the Sunday before Christmas, have all the students/adults wear holiday clothing and line up in rows in the Fellowship Hall or out on the church lawn. Have the rows take the shape of a Christmas tree, each student/adult holding their own giant card. Spread out so church people can walk through the Advent Tree “opening” each card as they wish.

Oops! Time’s up! I bet you can take these ideas and make them even better.

Stephanie

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