Advent and Christmas will look different in 2020 as churches try to observe traditions while keeping people safe from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To help alleviate some of the stress of Advent and Christmas planning for pastors and church leaders, the Conference program staff offers some tools and resources to reimagine the holidays. The package contains an extensive list of resources, original skits for Zoom, graphics, advent calendars, and more. This is our gift to you!
Use the title links below to see or download what interests you. Or download the whole package in a Zip file.
Prepared by the Rev. Amy Wagner, the list includes liturgies, studies, music, children's activities, etc. There's something to fit the needs of every church.
A collection of three original skits, written by lifelong United Methodist and retired English teacher Dawn Conroy and designed to be performed over Zoom, these are appropriate for all ages. Participants are encouraged to dress up, use props, and be creative. Each skit includes instructions and advice to guide churches in the process. Each skit is contained in its own folder with graphics. What Can We Give Him? includes additional Zoom backgrounds for each segment.
Dawn Conroy has graciously given permission for her work to be used at no cost by any church. Please credit her after each performance. (Initially written for Western PA United Methodist churches, the scripts are labeled as such. But because of requests from other churches/areas, Dawn granted permission for any church to use the skits, with credit to the author.)
This resource provides links to Advent activities, devotions, and materials that churches can put together in boxes or bags to be sent home with families. Some of the links are for pre-made boxes, but churches can tailor their own to fit their congregation. Encourage families to document and share photos of how they use their boxes.
Missional Engagement Coordinator Sandra Matoushaya put together an interactive Advent Calendar to highlight all the good done by mission volunteers, agencies, partnerships and personnel connected to Western PA. Each day, new information will be revealed.
Tips and takeaways from September Zoom sessions with Rev. Derek Weber, Director of Preaching Ministries at Discipleship Ministries.
2020 German-English Advent Devotional from the WPAUMC-East German Conference Partnership
Advent Devotional from WPAUMC Disability Awareness Team includes two devotionals per week to help people think more broadly about Advent and what it means for Christians in the disability community.