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Advent and Christmas Resources 

As thoughts begin to turn towards Advent, and the joy of Christmas, here are a collection of resources and links which you might find useful for reflection or planning.

Advent Calendars
Christian Aid's downloadable Advent Journey encourages readers to take a moment each day to pause, ponder and pray.

The Children's Society Advent calendar focuses on a different Old Testament passage each week with a mix of videos, art, poetry, song and reflection in blog format.  Contributors include Baptists Krish Kandiah and Graham Sparkes amongst others.

Real Advent Calendar has resources for school Assemblies/children's talks to go alongside the chocolate Real Advent Calendar.

The Bible Society offers daily challenges to do good deeds and spread generosity, resonating with the essence of Christmas and the season of goodwill.

Christmas Service resources
If the Sainsburys Christmas advert has inspired you to find out more about the First World War Christmas truces, then check out these two organisations who have produced resources for use in worship services and schools:
Hope Together 
Martin Luther King Peace Committee

Two resources for use in children's Christmas services:
Children's Society Christingle
Crib Service

And to advertise your services why not make use of the materials from Christmas Starts with Christ and hold your own Christmas Starts Sunday?

Christmas and Advent Prayers
Prayers and readings from Baptist sources for the Advent and Christmas period:
BUGB worship resources