Advent Unwrapped

Get ready for Christ(mas)! Advent—a holy, four-week countdown to Jesus’ birthday—begins on Sunday, December 1! Get ready to make room for Christ and the radical, countercultural messages that Christ brings.

Throughout the season, videos, prayers, family resources, and reflections on this page will introduce and explore the Christmas story. For more worship resources visit our Advent and Christmas worship pages. Follow our Advent Unwrapped Facebook page for regular updates on all kinds of resources.

Worship Ideas
File Hanging the Greens
An Advent Unwrapped service to prepare church buildings and sanctuaries to be symbols of preparing ourselves for the birth and rebirth of Jesus.
File In Story and Song: Intergenerational Christmas Service
A family-oriented worship service offered as part of the Advent Unwrapped resources.
PDF icon In the Rich Dark of Winter: An Advent Communion Service
Using expansive scriptural imagery, the theme of this Advent Unwrapped service is anticipating God’s fulfilled promise of the renewal of all things.
File Stories behind Carols: First Sunday after Christmas
An Advent Unwrapped service based on the origins of some classic Christmas carols.
PDF icon This Most Wondrous of Nights: A Christmas Eve Communion Service
An Advent Unwrapped communion service built around the carol "In the Bleak Midwinter" (VU 55)...
PDF icon Activity Sheet: Names for Jesus
An Advent Unwrapped activity for people looking for new ways to pray.
PDF icon Body Prayers
An Advent Unwrapped “action prayer” for each week of the Advent/Christmas season.
PDF icon Family Prayers and Blessings
An Advent Unwrapped resource of traditional prayers and creative blessings.
PDF icon The Hours of Christmas Day
A devotional practice to keep individuals and families together in spirit, from The Prayer Bench.
PDF icon Watching and Waiting: A Daily Vigil Based on the O Antiphons
Follow the ancient tradition of praying the “O Antiphons,” familiar from the carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” using this Advent Unwrapped resource. You can set aside nightly family prayer time for the last week of Advent or adapt this ritual in another way.
Related Material
PDF icon Advent Calendar 2019: Get Ready for Christmas!
Hang this Advent Unwrapped calendar on your fridge and use a magnet to count down the days! Light a candle every Sunday.
PDF icon Advent Intercultural Hymn Festival
These songs with accompanying commentary can be combined with seasonal prayers and scripture readings to create an Advent hymn festival. Please credit Bruce Harding for this resource and the music arrangements.
PDF icon Buy Less Shopping Guide
An Advent Unwrapped shopping guide for all ages for a Buy Less Christmas.
PDF icon Colouring Storybook
Actively explore the story of Christmas using this 16-page Advent Unwrapped colouring book.
File Sharing the News
A light-hearted Advent Unwrapped Christmas pageant by the Rev. Andy O'Neill...
PDF icon Story and Activity Cards
Meet the characters of the Christmas story, from Isaiah to the Holy Family, through these Advent Unwrapped cards. Includes activities for all ages.
PDF icon The Good News of Joy to the World
A five-session Advent Unwrapped Bible study on the Gospel of Luke by the Rev. Dr. Peggy Mulambya-Kabonde of The United Church of Zambia.
PDF icon The Good News Story
Four Advent Unwrapped Sunday school session outlines.