Advent Calendar and Devotionals
Each year Crossroads is pleased to offer devotionals during the Advent season, which begins on Sunday, November 29. Three different booklets listed below are available to you as a free gift from Crossroads (while supplies last) near the Welcome Center in the narthex, or by contacting the church office.
Additionally, check out our online Virtual Advent Calendar, which runs from December 1 through 25. Jenee O’Connor hosts this daily video post on social media, inspired by the Isaiah 11:1 prophesy that “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” The Jesse Tree is Jesus’ family tree, a series of Bible stories that take us through the Old Testament into the New Testament birth of Christ. Each day, before Jenee showcases a Jesse Tree ornament, you will get to know fellow Crossroadians as they share about a significant member of their family tree represented by an ornament on their Christmas tree. Watch on the church homepage, Facebook, or YouTube daily in December through Christmas Day, or click here for the cumulative playlist starting December 1.
Families through grade 5 – “Jesus’ Family Tree Activity Sheet”
Watch your tree grow all season long! This family tree grows and grows throughout Advent, just as the promise of the coming Savior grew and grew throughout the Old Testament. At the end of the season, a colorful family tree is yours to display. This activity sheet is used alongside the children’s “Jesus’ Family Tree” and the youth “Praying the Jesse Tree” devotional booklets. Cutting and assembly required; watch this video for a quick demo. Contact: Christa Middleton
Children and families – “Jesus’ Family Tree”
Follow the branches of the Jesse Tree and learn how through Jesus, we are made part of God’s family too! Engaging daily devotions teach children about Jesus’ family tree, telling the Old Testament history leading up to Jesus’ birth and our salvation story. We sometimes call this family tree the Jesse Tree, named after one of Jesus’ very faithful ancestors. Author Stephenie Hovland traces the Jesse Tree’s branches all the way back to the garden of Eden. In those branches, children discover familiar names like David and Ruth, Abraham and Jacob each day of Advent. They also find that when God sent Jesus to be a child in Bethlehem, we were made a part of the great, growing family tree, too. With Scripture, storytelling, and prayer for each day, this devotional booklet gives children perspective on the very long story leading to the promised birth of our Savior. This corresponds with the cut-apart activity sheet above. Also available for purchase as a digital download for Amazon Kindle or B&N Nook.
Middle school youth – “Praying the Jesse Tree”
Follow our Savior’s ancestry on an illuminating Advent exploration through Scripture. Author Debra Grant brings fresh insights to the Biblical images that lead from the Garden of Eden to the birth of the Messiah. In chronological order, discover everything from rainbows to roses, from sandals to stars with this devotional booklet. Colorful illustrations accompany daily devotions for all of Advent and Christmas week, each with its own Scripture reference and closing prayer. This will be used alongside Middle School Sunday School. Also available for purchase as a digital download for Amazon Kindle or B&N Nook.
Middle School Students,
Check the mail for your own Advent devotional! Follow along with us and read a page about Jesus’ family tree every day in Advent. Each biblical story builds a picture of the much-anticipated Messiah—Baby Jesus! Contact Laura Rosman for extra copies or other questions.
Adults & high school youth – “Those Who Dream”
This devotional is available as a free electronic PDF, linked through the Weekly News. Beginning with the first Sunday in Advent, this daily devotional runs for almost six weeks, all the way through Epiphany, January 6. Each day offers something new: commentary, poetry, visual art, coloring pages, journaling, and Sabbath prompts. As you walk through these prompts and readings day by day, may you dream alongside prophets and angels, Mary and the Magi. Together, may we seek and sow God’s dreams for our world. This corresponds with our weekly worship services and Scriptures, and complements the “Dreamers of Advent” class on the four Sundays of Advent.