As Christian educators, our passion is to create affordable tools to equip families to live out Deuteronomy 6 in their homes. Our mission is to partner with you, the local church, to send home interactive, fun, and Biblically sound activities to engage families and help them grow in their faith. Currently we have available Advent in a Box, Lent in a Box and Quest in a Box – a box created so that families can take God with them on their summer adventures.
Our boxes consist of a pizza box filled with all-age devotions and activities to help families celebrate and prepare at home for the seasons of the church. Everything a family needs to do the activities will be in the box (aside from normal household supplies like markers and tape). We have created the devotions and activities for you. You will need to print the materials, buy the supplies, and pack your boxes.
We’ve made ordering your downloadable kit for Advent or Lent as easy as possible. Go to our Store page, choose the size of your church and click. We can personalize your box stickers so the community knows the box is a gift from your church!
Included in your download are all the print materials you need for each box. Below are samples from our Advent in a Box (Edition 1):
- 4 Scripture cards click here for sample
- 4 family devotions click here for sample
- 4 hands on activities click here for sample
- 4 interactive prayer activities click here for sample
- 4 stories of God at work in the lives of His people click here for sample
- 4 Shine Your Light Challenges for the whole family click here for sample
- Templates for creating your own Advent Candles click here for sample
- Advent Candle Lighting Directions click here for sample
- Instruction sheet and templates for the box stickers click here for sample
- Reverse Advent Box instructions click here for sample
We’ve also created an Amazon shopping list to facilitate gathering supplies. We’ve priced out the contents needed for each box and we’ve keep the costs to $4-5 per box. Several of the items you may already have in your church’s craft closet which would make the boxes even more economical.
What they’re saying…
The depth, yet simplicity of it.
We noticed that in this particular outreach many grandparents took a box for their children/grandchildren. A great way to reach out to the next generations.
This is a great tool to reach not only families within the church but also those in the community. I am currently making 200 boxes to share with the church members, children attending our children’s center and some extras for members to share with their friends. We are very excited to be using the Family Ministries Tools Advent in a Box this advent season.
The advent in a box quickly became a favorite family activity in our house. As with any step family, we are always looking for ways to connect across the miles. Sharing box in VA and one in CO afforded us the opportunity to connect across the miles and continue to share our passion for Christ.
Our family has used Advent in a Box for the past few Advent seasons. It gives us a time to come together as a family and reflect on the season as well as have some fun together. The projects are easy and we have some wonderful family keepsakes from these boxes.
There was so much that I liked about Advent in the Box. I loved the hands on activities and that all the supplies were in the box that you needed.
Robin introduced Advent in a Box to Deep Creek United Methodist Church in Chesapeake, VA when she served as our Program Director. These boxes were an instant hit with the families of our church and children’s center. They served as a way to bring families together during a busy time of the year and helped them focus on the true meaning of Advent and Christmas. The activities had families talking and thinking about the coming of our Lord. We will be using them again this year. What a great way to disciple generations together!
Loved the list of supplies with the direct link or item number to purchase on Amazon. This was a life saver!
This well thought out, creative resource for families provides an easy but enriching process for observing the season of Lent and exploring its themes of temptation, perseverance, repentance, and mercy; and practicing the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
I use the Advent box as my daily devotion during the season. The 15 minutes each day gives me time to reflect on peace, joy, hope, so that I am better able to show love to others during this hectic time of year.
We loved the Advent in a box, and were very excited to open and do the next day. It is a wonderful family activity during the most wonderful season of the year!
I loved the content and the shopping list!
I just wanted to tell you how thrilled my families were with the activities. They seemed to hit all learning styles of the children and the feedback from my families was very good.
Lent in a Box…if you haven’t ever tried Advent in a Box, then you need to check this out now! The products from this organization are easy to prepare, fun and engaging for all ages, and great learning tools for churches and families!! We 💜 Family Ministry Tools and especially its creators!
As a youth leader I enjoy talking to the kids about what they have learned.
LOVED that it could just be downloaded – a huge time saver.
We did the advent boxes for the first time this year and our families loved it! Looking forward to incorporating Lent in a Box and seeing what they think. This is such a great tool if anyone is on the fence.
I love how this is so easy for busy families to digest.