David Ash
Advent 2019

Over the last couple of years we’ve written a number of advent articles to help you focus in on preparations for Christmas. This season is so busy and our modern world hardly seems to let up, so the discipline of slowing down and focussing on the sections of the Christmas story, waiting expectantly for Christmas Day, can be so counter cultural and releasing.

We’ve recommended numerous resources over the years to help you do this and one of our favourite ways is through the Jesus Storybook Bible. This is an excellent resource for anyone who has been a child (i.e. everyone). It helps us see how the Bible sometimes ‘whispers’ but often shouts the name of Jesus right through its whole narrative.

This year the author Sally Lloyd Jones has released a new Advent resource which you can print out and use as a family.

From the intro to the JSB Advent Guide:

“What do you love most about Christmas? Most of us might say, PRESENTS! And probably all the grown-ups will laugh and want us to say something more worthy. But actually do you know what? You’re right. That IS the best, most important thing about Christmas. Because, you see, Christmas is all about a present—a gift. The greatest, most magnificent gift there has ever been…”

The Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Guide includes:

  • An Introduction and Letter to Parents from Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • New Christmas colouring pages from Jago
  • A reading plan for each day of December leading up to Christmas
  • Printable ornaments for an interactive Advent experience
  • An Advent Spotify Playlist
  • And even more surprises.

You can download the guide here: 

Sally Lloyd Jones has also written a list of some of her favourite Christmas picture books you can find here: 

Other advent resources for Adults & Children

Our previous advent posts have lots of resources for adults and for families which you can use to help you plan and prepare for Christmas throughout advent check them out here: 

Advent Resources #1:
Advent Resources #2: 

Advent Contemplation Posts By Megan
#1: Are we overlooking advent? 
#2: What's the Significance? 
#3: Waiting Expectantly 

We hope they are thought provoking and give you some ideas about what you could do to prepare for the Christmas season.