ADVENTure is a self-directed prayer walk we did several times at church on our college campus. It includes scriptures and short meditations combined with an activity at each prayer station designed to help ponder the true meaning of Christmas.
The church is set up with four candles around the outside of the room to represent a traditional Advent wreath. Another candle is positioned in the middle of the room to represent the Christ candle. These candles become the prayer stations where there are scripture meditations and supplies for an activity associated with each scripture passage.
Each week in worship we lit the Advent wreath (on stage), as well as the candle(s) at the prayer stations around the room. As we did, we read our scripture meditations aloud. One year we even kicked-off the ADVENTure walk (and Advent season) in church with a candlelight processional dance on the first Sunday of Advent. At the end of the dance, all five candles were set in place at their respective prayer stations. Another year our resident poet wrote a poem to accompany each station.
I have posted all meditations, as well as activity ideas for ADVENTure each week for your use. Feel free to use these meditations and ideas for your church, ministry or personal prayer life this most blessed CHRISTmas season. Here’s a schedule of Advent for 2015 and links to each week’s meditations and creative activities:
- 1st Sunday of Advent: Dec 2 — Candle of HOPE: the Wise Men
- 2nd Sunday of Advent: Dec 9 — Candle of PEACE: the Shepherds
- 3rd Sunday of Advent: Dec 16 — Candle of JOY: Mary
- 4th Sunday of Advent: Dec 23 — Candle of LOVE: Joseph
- Christmas Eve or Day: Dec 24 or 25 — CHRIST Candle
I encourage you to adapt this for your own purposes. Allow this to simply be the framework as you work with the creatives and artists in your church or ministry. If you click on the following links, they will take you to .pdf files of the hand-out we had available for the prayer walk and a list of supplies you will need: ADVENTure Instructions and ADVENTure Supply List.
Let me know if you have any questions by commenting below.
Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody
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