Families love the take home kits that I have made for them. It started in Lent in a Bag, Church on the Go, Jesus Home Kit, and now Advent Take Home Kits. The theme this year is: Journey to Bethlehem: Share the Joy.
The kit contains a book with information, education, and lots to do. There is information on what Advent is, how to make an Advent wreath, how to use an Advent wreath, worship services to practice at home, weekly meditations with readings and discussion, Christmas Eve and Christmas meditations and information about our church services. Booklet is available for the cost of a donation. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kit, itself is in a “take out” box with a sticker showing Mary and Joseph traeling to Bethlehem. I used take out containers to give it a fun feel (and to make it different from the other season’s kits.
In the box, I included objects to be used for the meditations in the booklet. On week one, the reading is Isaiah 9: 1-7. So the object is a jewel for families to pass around, as in a jewel from a king’s crown. The jewel needs to be big enough for children not to swallow. I liked these jewels as they look very impressive.
Week two’s reading is Luke 1: 26-55. The object is a feather for angel’s wings. I found this feather and liked it because it looked very different from a bird’s feather.
Week three’s reading is Luke 1: 10-25, 57-66. The object is a baby blanket and picture of old couple with a baby. For the baby blanket I used material squares.
Week four’s reading is Matthew 1: 18-24, Luke 2: 1-7. The object is wood for Joseph. I loved these tree slices for the rawness and the way one can tell it is from a tree. I loved the way the slices feel too.
Christmas Eve’s reading is Luke 2: 9-20. I used sheep wool for the shepherd’s story object. This sheep’s wool will need to be cut into small 2 inch squars, but makes for a wonderful feeling object.
Christmas Day, the meditation moves from the journey to Bethlehem to the journey to Easter. The object is a cross that the family can decorate.
The Advent kits are designed for families to use to help the preparation of Christmas be about faith, time together, understanding and joy. They can spend as little as once a week up to three times a week doing things in their kit. They can include visiting family and friends. It gives thema chance to share about the exciting things happening at their church.
Our kit, also, includes a Christmas ornament (picture of the church in snow printed on cardstock) and a Christmas card from the staff.
Another item to include would be Advent candles for a wreath (or making them available for purchase.) For purple candle set or blue candle set, click on the color to get the link (or click on any of the items to get the link to the items I used.) Any item purchased through the link, helps to fund this site.