Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

The following resources are available online to assist in the planning and development of programs for the Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany seasons:

Advent Devotions:

Celebrating Cultural Festivals at Church and at Home

In response to requests, various RCA congregations provided information about how they celebrate certain cultural festivals.

Congregational Resources

Dramas and Skits

Family Resources

Additional Resources

Advent Devotions

Sign up to receive devotions during the season of Advent.

A Gift for Advent

A script for a children's Advent skit.

Advent Bulletin Covers and Children's Bulletins

Access bulletin covers for your congregation as well as children's bulletins with activities that reflect on the upcoming celebration of Jesus' birth.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day, December 26 (or the first weekday after Christmas), is a holiday derived from a long English tradition. Learn more about its history and find some suggestions for celebrating. 

Celebrating El Dia De Los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings' Day) at Church

Learn more about this traditional Latin American celebration. 

Christmas Eve Night

A script for a Christmas Eve children's skit. 

Congregational Ideas For Advent, Christmas, And Epiphany

Creative suggestions for ways your congregation can celebrate Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.

Family Ideas for Advent

Discover some unique ways for your family to recognize Advent at home. 

Family Ideas for Epiphany (January 6)

Epiphany is a festival that lends itself well to fun family activity. Here are some suggestions. 

Family Ideas for Christmas

Discover new ways to celebrate Christmas as a family this year. 

Gathering Around the Advent Wreath

These readings are designed for use during the four Sundays of Advent and on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day in services of worship as the church gathers around the Advent wreath. The readings are based on the recommended Psalter selections in the Revised Common Lectionary.

Intergenerational Advent Event

Plan an event for the afternoon and evening of the first Sunday in Advent, using one New Jersey church's program as a guide. 

Kwanzaa

Learn the history of Kwanzaa, which reaffirms and celebrates African heritage and culture, and see how some churches celebrate. 

Lunar New Year Festival

Among Chinese festivals, the New Year Festival is the most widely known and celebrated. What themes from this festival can serve as a focus for celebration and learning in the Christian home?

Reclaiming Epiphany

Epiphany is the most overlooked holiday of the church year, at least in this writer's experience. Don't let this opportunity for ministry pass you by. 

St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas is a real and ancient saint of the Christian church whose feast day is December 6. How is St. Nicholas Day celebrated in churches around the world?

What's a Piffany?

A children's skit for Epiphany.