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Rethink Church: Advent outreach resources


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The national advertising campaign for Advent taps into the wonder and awe of Christmas through the eyes of children. To accompany the campaign, we will be offering a variety of resources to help local churches reach out to their communities and invite people to find a faith home during the Christmas season.

Resources include both lectionary and non-lectionary based Advent sermon starters and bumper videos, a January sermon series from Discipleship Ministries, videos and other customizable items that align with the national advertizing campaign. 

Outreach materials include postcards, doorhangers, invitation cards, banners, selfie stand and are available in both printed and downloadable versions. 

This year we've also included a "done-for-you" social media calendar, which includes both the post text and graphics for each day during Advent. You can add this information to your Outlook, Google or online calendar using the included iCal and vCal files. These components are available as part of each of the four design downloads below. Preview an outline of the posts.


Download for each design includes: postcard, door hanger, invitation card, selfie stand, outdoor banner, bulletin cover, worship graphics, social media graphics, campaign videos, and how-to guide.

Computer with study tools being used for sermon prep. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Advent Sermon Starter

Includes both a lectionary- and non-lectionary- based sermon starter as well as a “bumper video” you can play each Sunday before your sermon or use on social media. Download

The Rev. Tazvionepi Nyarota gives the sermon during worship at the United Methodist Church of Edmonton in Alberta. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

January Sermon Series

This four-week sermon series from Discipleship Ministries explores the questions we all have for God. Includes an invitation flyer and short video you can use in worship or on social media. Download