Thursday, December 01, 2011

    Advent 2011 Ideas for Youth Ministry: Facebook Advent Calendar

    Try this simple idea to share an online Advent Calendar experience with your youth via Facebook.

    I've been monitoring a hashtag search for the word "Advent" for several days now on Twitter and have discovered that for the vast majority of people out there the season of Advent really means enjoying the fun of Advent calendars.  These calendars, however, don't count up the days of the Christian season of Advent but rather count down the days until Christmas, starting not with the first day of Advent but rather December 1.  Well, when in Rome...

    Why not simulate an Advent calendar experience for your youth via Facebook? If you already have a way to message your teens as a group, each day you could post a scripture verse related to the biblical stories of Advent/Christmas or perhaps offer a simple devotional, a one sentence prayer, a photo to stir the imagination, or a quick idea for observing Advent. 

    5 comments:

    Young Youth pastor said...

    I have been posting "advent thought for the day" each morning on mybfacebook statsus. I have been getting a pretty good response from it.

    Brian Kirk said...

    Cool. If you get a sec, post one or two of them to the comments here to inspire the rest of us.

    Young Youth pastor said...

    I have just started 2 days ago. Im going through a devotional by Adam Hamilton called "Journey". That's where I got these from.


    Advent thought for the day: "Jesus said those who are citizens in His kingdom, who follow Him as king, will love their neighbors and even their enemies. He said they will feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, visit the sick and imprisoned, and welcome the stranger. How would Jesus have us celebrate His birth? I think he would say, "By doing my will and living the precepts I taught you." - Adam Hamilton (The Journey). How will you celebrate the birth of Jesus?

    Advent thought for the day: "The piercing truth is that God does not choose a person for ease and comfort and selfish joy but for a task that will take all that head and heart and hand can bring to it." -William Barclay

    creativetheology said...

    We're doing something similar, although we will be starting a few days late. On Sunday night, our youth are going to write daily Advent devotions that we will post to our main church's facebook page.

    I can't wait to see how this turns out!

    Brian Kirk said...

    Great idea to have the youth help with the project. Thanks for sharing!