1st postThis Sunday begins Advent. Advent for me has been something I was just introduced  to since moving up north. According to the dictionary Advent is:

ad·vent  (dvntn.

1. The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important: the advent of the computer.
2a. The liturgical period preceding Christmas, beginning in Western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and in Eastern churches in mid-November, and observed by many Christians as a season of prayer, fasting, and penitence.

2b. Christianity The coming of Jesus at the Incarnation.
2c. Christianity See Second Coming.
Last year my family begin doing a Family Advent Devotion put on by Jenny Funderburke and it was a complete success. This Year we decided to put one together that I believe will go along with our Sunday lessons from our children’s ministry. Beginning Sunday, December 1st you can visit with your child. Here you will experience a fun interactive devotion where you can read the daily scripture reading, watch a video that draws them into the days reading and a place for you to do the Extra Credit: Family Activity where we have provided a activity that you can do together as a family.
Try it together as you and your chid help celebrate the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

What is Christmas all about?

This month at our church we doing a series called “I’m dreaming of an Orange Christmas”. Through this church-wide series we are focusing on helping families discover and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Through this series we are offering the Advent Devotionals. In order to get families to get into God’s Word together, we will be demonstrating from the stage what family devotion time could look like as we have families from our church do a small 5 minute or less devotion with their children each week.

I am excited about this because last Christmas I did this online FAMILY ADVENT CALENDAR  with my child and it was so much fun watching her fall in love with Jesus and come to an understanding of what Christmas is all about.

One of the Advent devotionals that we are doing that is focused on the family is called What is Christmas all about? : You can go each day of Advent and click on the corresponding day.

It is easy to remember —–>

Here are some things you may want to know from  Kidmin Thoughts Blog

 // WHAT IS IT? //

Each day families go to and click on the Christmas light that coordinates with the date.  They will then be linked to a devotional for that day.  Each devotional includes:

–  a few verses of Scripture to read together (there are even links where you can read it online and even have it read to you)

–  some discussion questions and thoughts

–  a suggested activity to do together

–  usually some online activity, either a video to watch together or a game to play

–  a prayer prompt for your family


The first devotion will be posted on December 1.  A new one will be available each day through December 27.  You can click back on previous days, but you can’t jump ahead.  It adds to the suspense/fun for the kids.


 How long will it take to do this?

We recommend that families block out about 15 minutes a day.  You can make it as long or as short as you want.

What if we miss a day?

Not a problem.  Just jump right back in.  You can go back and read the missed day if you want, but you can also just keep moving ahead.  The important part is to NOT QUIT.

What if we don’t want to do the activities or don’t have time? 

That is absolutely fine.  Just DO SOMETHING.  Just reading the verses with your kids is huge.  We know not every family can or will do every activity.  Again, that is fine.  Just do as much or as little as you want.  Just do it!