Advent in a Box

We are so excited to journey through Advent with you. 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 offering 2 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 2: Scope, Sequence and Samples (Year A)

  • December 1 – Advent 1, Hope (Romans 13:13, Philippians 2:13-14, Luke 1)
  • December 8 – Advent 2, Peace (Isaiah 11:1-10, Luke 1, Matthew 1)
  • December 15 – Advent 3, Love (James 5:7-8, Luke 2:1-7)
  • December 22 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
  • Instruction sheet and templates for the box stickers

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

  • December 1 – Advent 1, Hope (Matthew 1:23, Romans 15:4, Psalm 147:10-11) 
  • December 8 – Advent 2, Joy (Luke 2:8-12, Philippians 4:4-7) 
  • December 15 – Advent 3, Peace (Luke 2:13-14, Colossians 3:15, John 14:27)
  • December 22 – 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…

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.

Brit, mother of 6

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.

Molly, empty nester

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.

Lindsey, Program Director at a United Methodist Church

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!

Wendy, parent of a 6th grader

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.

Heidi, mother of 3

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!

Cheri, parent of a middle schooler

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

Jenni, Director of Christian Formation at St. Paul's UMC in Coronado, CA

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.

Advent in a Box customer

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.

Advent in a Box customer

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!

Mike Plasters, Pastor

I loved the content and the shopping list!

Advent in a Box customer

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.

The Episcopal Church in Colorado

The depth, yet simplicity of it.

Advent in a Box customer

LOVED that it could just be downloaded – a huge time saver.

Advent in a Box customer

As a youth leader I enjoy talking to the kids about what they have learned.

Advent in a Box customer

Loved the list of supplies with the direct link or item number to purchase on Amazon. This was a life saver!

Advent in a Box customer

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.

Advent in a Box customer

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.

Advent in a Box customer

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