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Advent Experiment

Try out a new personal or family faith habit for the season of Advent, pausing for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or more, each day to encounter God.

Advent lends itself to faith habits and home practices, which is good, as while these four weeks are full of spiritual preparation for the coming of Jesus, they are also full of the rush of the holidays.


Advent begins Sunday, December 1 and ends Tuesday, December 24. Life is busy so try a time that works for you, like:

Advent Experiment Options

Families with Children/Youth

a) Everyday Immanuel daily Bible reading with the Faith 5*
Gather with your family by candlelight, flashlight, car-light, or wherever you are, and:

b) In Light & Darkness: An Illustrated Advent for Families
Questions and discussion topics in each devotion work for your children, no matter the age. At the same time, feel free to tweak the content and questions to work for your family. Don’t feel like you need to do all the activities for it to be a meaningful experience for you and your family.
The devotionals and Advent calendars will be printed and given to Sunday School and God Squad children/families on Sunday, Dec. 1.  A limited number of the Christmas Shadow Box templates will be printed on card-stock and available for pickup on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Flat Michaelc) Take Flat Michael with you this Advent.
Angles pop up throughout the Christmas story bringing joy and comfort and Michael is one of the named angels in the Bible. Where will he go this Advent season? Could he: Help you light the candles of your Advent wreath? Say bedtime prayers with you? Help you decorate the Christmas tree? Join your family for the Faith 5? Make dinner with your family? Come along to church? Go with you on a trip to see friends or family?
Post your adventures on social media with #FlatMichael
Print a Flat Michael or pick one up from Immanuel beginning in mid-November, or get one at Sunday School on December 1.

d) Make or buy an Advent wreath for your home. Options for you to explore


a) Everyday Immanuel daily Bible Readings in Advent. Options include:

b) One Advent devotion each week of Advent. Print or access here.

c) One Advent Study, Nearness, each week (from the ELCA)

d) Make or buy an Advent wreath for your home. Options for you to explore

e) Light a single candle and sit quietly in reflective prayer. You may have a special place, or by your Christmas tree.

For All Ages

a) #AdventExperiment Photo Challenge: Post snapshots of you or your family sharing in Advent Experiment activities with the #AdventExperiment hashtag (Please tag Immanuel.  You can also email your photo to and he can post/share your photos).

b) Fill your home, car or ear buds with a Spotify Advent selection: Advent Conspiracy Worship on Spotify (or create your own playlist).

c) Find a way to serve others, sharing hope, peace, joy and love. Immanuel provides lots of specific ways to serve!  See the current and upcoming service opportunities.


*The Faith 5
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