Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

The following resources are available online to assist in the planning and development of programs for the Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany seasons:

Advent Devotions:

Jesse Tree

Celebrating Cultural Festivals at Church and at Home

In response to requests, various RCA congregations provided information about how they celebrate certain cultural festivals.

Congregational Resources

Dramas and Skits

Family Resources

Additional Resources

Advent Devotions

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A Gift for Advent

Mother is busy writing a list, humming Christmas carols to herself. She mumbles to herself about all that she has to get done before Christmas.

Advent Bulletin Covers and Children's Bulletins

Access bulletin covers for your congregation as well as children's bulletins with activities that reflect on the upcoming celebration of Jesus' birth.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day, December 26 (or the first weekday after Christmas), is a holiday derived from a long English tradition. It spread with the British Empire and is now celebrated in countries such as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as in the British Islands.

Celebrating El Dia De Los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings' Day) at Church

Since children in our cities get so many presents during Christmastime, often they don't appreciate or enjoy the small gift the church could give them. For this reason and because we want the children to learn traditions native to the countries of their parents, our church for several years has decided to give out the Christmas gifts on the day the children who are back in our countries get them, January 6.

Christmas Eve Night

A Children's Drama for Christmas Eve by Nancy Owen THE CAST

Congregational Ideas For Advent, Christmas, And Epiphany

Ideas suitable for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

Family Ideas for Advent

How can we involve our children in faith celebrations at home? The church year has a rhythm of seasons--some joyous, others more somber. The church year is complete.

Family Ideas for Epiphany (January 6)

The great festival, Epiphany, celebrates the revelation of Christ as Savior of the whole world. This was made known through the coming of the wise men.

Gathering Around the Advent Wreath (Year A)

Advent is a time of waiting and preparation. With eagerness we wait to celebrate the coming of the Christ into our world. As a child, as a sovereign ruler, Christ comes: God’s gift to faithful people. During Advent we prepare for this sacred celebration in ways both personal and corporate. One of the ways we prepare together is by lighting the candles of the Advent wreath, a symbol of eternal promise. As we light the candles each week, we focus on the light that shines in our dark world.

Gathering Around the Advent Wreath (Year B)

Readings for Advent and Christmas (Year B) by Richard Otterness

Intergenerational Advent Event

Plan your event for the afternoon and evening of the first Sunday in Advent.

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Karenga, professor and chair of black studies at California State University at Long Beach. He says, "Kwanzaa is a synthesis of both the cultural values and practice of Africans on the Continent and in the United States with strict attention to cultural authenticity and values for a meaningful, principled, and productive life."

Lunar New Year Festival

Among Chinese festivals, the New Year Festival is the most widely known and celebrated.

Reclaiming Epiphany

Epiphany is the most overlooked holiday of the church year, at least in my experience, January 6 and its eve are days of high festivity in some cultures, but in most North American cultures we have ignored this traditional feast day, while giving Christmas more than its fair share of attention.

St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas is a real and ancient saint of the Christian church whose feast day is December 6.

Twelve Ideas for Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas

 Robert E. Webber likens Advent to a time when we anticipate a special guest coming to visit our home. Much hard work and preparation spans several weeks. The burden of that work, however, is offset by the hopeful expectancy of spending time with someone special.

What's a Piffany?

A Children's Skit for Epiphany In order for audience members to understand the play on words in this skit, a sign with the title should be displayed. The characters can be played by people or by puppets. The "kids" are waiting at the bus stop before school, so they can carry simple props like books, lunch boxes, etc., although this is not necessary. Pastor Jim should wear exercise clothing.