Advent in a Box

We are so excited to journey through Advent with you. This is our fourth year of creating Advent in a Box digital resources for churches and families!

Advent in a Box is an innovative downloadable resource for your church filled with activities and devotions to help your families celebrate Advent together. With this downloadable resource, your church will create pizza boxes filled with all-age devotions and activities to distribute to families to help them celebrate Advent at home. 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. The cost to buy the needed supplies to complete the boxes will be under $5 per box. Since supplies are purchased in bulk, the price will vary depending on how many boxes you are making. 

Advent is also a great time to consider how you can reach out into your community. Consider making extra boxes and challenge each family in your faith community to give away at least one box to a friend or neighbor!

This year we are thrilled to offer 4 unique versions of Advent in a Box.

The scope, sequence and samples of each version are listed below. Wondering how to decide which version is right for you? Read more here.

Download Advent in a Box!

Advent in a Box, Edition 4: Scope, Sequence and Samples (Light of the World)

We hope to have this edition of Advent in a Box available for download by mid October. The focus of this box is Jesus, the Light of the World, and we will explore how Jesus is the Light of the World and consider how the Light of Christ can shine through us this Advent season.

Here is a sneak peek at one of the completed activities that will be included in this edition: 

Advent in a Box, Edition 3: Scope, Sequence and Samples (Emmanuel)

The theme of Emmanuel, God with us, has been an important part of each edition of our Advent boxes. However, this year’s new edition of Advent in a Box is completely focused on the theme of Emmanuel and how the entire Bible is the story of God wanting to be with us!

  • November 29 – Advent 1, God creates us for relationship but we lose God’s presence because of sin (Genesis 1 & 3)
  • December 6 – Advent 2, God restores presence to people of Israel and dwells in the tabernacle (Genesis 12, 15; Exodus 25 & 40)
  • December 13 – Advent 3, God is now with us through Jesus’ birth (Matthew 1 & John 1)
  • December 20 – Advent 4, God dwells in us through the gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19, 2 Corinthians 6:16, Acts 1:8, Revelation 21:3-4)

 List of what is included in your download of Advent in a Box, Edition 3:

  • Amazon shoppling list
  • Directions for creating your own Advent Spiral and Advent Spiral Prayers   sample
  • 4 Hands on Activities based around Emmanuel, God is with us, the story of the Entire Bible  sample
  • 4 Hands on Prayer Activities   sample
  • 4 Emmanuel: God with us Reflections on the historic Advent song O Come, O Come Emmanuel and a collection of renditions of this song to listen to throughout Advent.
  • Instruction sheet and templates for the box stickers

Advent in a Box, Edition 2: Scope, Sequence and Samples (Year A)

  • November 29 – Advent 1, Hope (Romans 13:13, Philippians 2:13-14, Luke 1)
  • December 6 – Advent 2, Peace (Isaiah 11:1-10, Luke 1, Matthew 1)
  • December 13 – Advent 3, Love (James 5:7-8, Luke 2:1-7)
  • December 20 – Advent 4, Joy (Isaiah 7:14, Luke 2:9-14, Matthew 2:1-11)

 List of what is included in your download of Advent in a Box, Edition 2:

  • Amazon shoppling list
  • Directions for creating your own Advent Wreath and 5 Advent Candling Lighting Devotions   sample
  • Directions and templates for building your own Nativity   sample
  • 8 Nativity Character Devotions   sample
  • 4 Hands on Activities based on Year A lectionary passages   sample
  • 4 Hands on Prayer Activities   sample
  • Hospitality Challenge
  • Detailed instruction sheet and templates for the box stickers

Advent in a Box, Edition 1: Scope, Sequence and Samples

  • November 29 – Advent 1, Hope (Matthew 1:23, Romans 15:4, Psalm 147:10-11) 
  • December 6 – Advent 2, Joy (Luke 2:8-12, Philippians 4:4-7) 
  • December 13 – Advent 3, Peace (Luke 2:13-14, Colossians 3:15, John 14:27)
  • December 20 – Advent 4, Love (Matthew 5:14-16, Luke 2:32, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7) 

Samples of what is included in your download of Advent in a Box, Edition 1:

  • Amazon shoppling list
  • 4 Scripture cards    sample
  • 4 family devotions    sample
  • 4 hands on activities    sample
  • 4 interactive prayer activities   sample
  • 4 stories of God at work in the lives of His people   sample
  • 4 Shine Your Light Challenges for the whole family  sample
  • Templates for creating your own Advent Candles     sample
  • Advent Candle Lighting Directions  sample
  • Instruction sheet and templates for the box stickers   sample
  • Reverse Advent Box instructions  sample

What they’re saying…

Britt, mother of 6

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.

Molly, an empty-nester

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.

Mike Plasters, United Methodist Pastor

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!

Wendy, parent of a 6th grader

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!

Heidi, mother of three

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.

Lindsey, a Program Director at a United Methodist Church

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 Episcopal Church in Colorado

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.

Lent in a Box customer

I love how this is so easy for busy families to digest.

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