Advent and Christmas 2023 resources
Out of our ordinary acts, in our ordinary lives, the world-transforming, extraordinary love of God can shine through.
It goes without saying that the Advent-Christmas season is a busy one for churches.
But it is also a wonderful opportunity to connect with people who don’t normally attend church and who might come to a service in this period. These resources are intended to help you engage with the Methodist Church’s Advent and Christmas campaign for 2023, Out of the Ordinary, and reach your local community at a key moment in the year.
Building on the success of last year's campaign, we've listened to the feedback we received from those using the resources and are delivering more streamlined content earlier in the year, to make planning easier. Resources are now ready to download and order, to begin receiving via post from 11 September.
This campaign for 2023 is Out of the Ordinary. Share how the wonder of God’s love is revealed in the ordinary…
- a seemingly ordinary birth becomes God’s out of the ordinary world-saving event through Jesus.
- every day, ordinary acts of kindness can breakthrough to the extraordinary.
We'll be directing people to our campaign website page during Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, where they'll be able to watch our Christmas film, sign up for daily Advent reflections and find their local Methodist Church.
|Service||Date||Theme||Symbol||Old Testament||New Testament|
|Advent 1||03/12/23||Letting stuff go||Box of presents||Isaiah 64.1-9||Mark 13.24-37|
|Advent 2||10/12/23||Changing your mind||Feather duster||Isaiah 40.1-11||Mark 1.1-8|
|Advent 3||17/12/23||Pointing to the light||Lantern||Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11||John 1.6-8, 19-28|
|Advent 4||24/12/23||Listening||Speech bubbles||2 Samuel 7.1-11, 16||Luke 1.26-38|
|Christmas Day||25/12/23||God in us||Baby Jesus||Isaiah 9.2-7||Luke 2.1-14|
|Christmas 1||31/12/23||God in other people||Angel wings||Isaiah 61.10-62.3||Luke 2.22-40|
Worship Resource planner
A worship resource planner for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany services
Downloadable design assets and social media graphics
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How to engage with your community this Christmas
A short video offering five top tips for engaging with your community this Christmas.
Daily Advent reflections delivered via email
National social media campaign
Christmas short film
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What does the Worship Resource planner contain?
- The Worship Resource planner for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany services contains content for:
Theme – for Advent, Preparing for the extraordinary. For Christmas, Out of the Ordinary.
Scripture passages – taken from the lectionary. Scripture quotations are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition.
Songs and hymns – some extra ideas to complement the usual carols.
Opening liturgy — to accompany the lighting of candles throughout Advent, continuing into Christmas, prepared by the Revd Elaine Halls.
Background notes — helpful, contextual information around the service in question.
Methodist Way of Life — an indication of which commitment is most relevant to the theme.
Questions – these can be worked up into a sermon or used in a discussion; it’s good to give people in the congregation a chance to discuss their faith. They would also work in a small group.
Hands-on activities – fun, intergenerational activities that will make your services pop.
Prayer ideas — ways to engage people with prayer.
The good news to get across – the key idea to land, particularly for newcomers. Say it several times, make it sticky!
Ways people can respond – a simple, non-threatening way for people to respond personally to the good news.
- How do I get my church or community involved?
There are many ways you can get involved with this year's Advent and Christmas campaign. From downloading or ordering the resources, to attending our planning webinar, we're encouraging churches to begin thinking about this special time of year as soon as possible.
- When will the resources be available to download and order?
The resources are now available to order and download, so you have enough time to get them ready for your Advent and Christmas services.
We officially launched the campaign theme and visuals at the Methodist Conference in June 2023.
- How do I sign up to the Daily Advent reflections?
These will run from Sunday 3 December (First Sunday of Advent) to Sunday 24 December (Christmas Eve).