Rethink Church Advent

A Life-giving Christmas

Have you ever woken up the day after Christmas feeling like you missed it? That with all the craziness (shopping, parties, cooking, family visits, etc.,) you just didn’t get the experience you had hoped for?

This Christmas, Rethink Church invites you to A Life-giving Christmas – to widen the lens, focus on the real…the authentic…the things that really matter and the true gift of the season – life. And not just any life – rich, meaningful life from a very real part of God – God’s own son. Hope, peace, joy and love are not just candles to be lit around an advent wreath – they are facets of a living Christ to be ignited in our lives and our communities. Christmas can be that time of refueling for the new year ahead, if we carefully invest ourselves and engage life-giving principles.

This four-week lectionary-based sermon series will engage your congregation in very tangible ways:

  • Personal and Social Challenges ask participants to stretch themselves in association with each week’s theme.
  • Practical applications promote engaging the scripture throughout the week, and make “putting into practice” an essential part of the faith.
  • Social media ideas encourage interaction with people beyond the congregation before and after the message.

“A Life-giving Christmas” will challenge your community to experience Christmas differently this year by practicing hope, peace, joy and love beyond the walls. 

Before you begin (PDF)
Sermon Starters: A Life-giving Christmas (PDF)

Multimedia bundle

“A Life-giving Christmas” multimedia bundle which includes:

  • Five videos for worship/discussion (Great also for posting on Facebook, using in Sunday School, or other small groups. Questions for reflection are included.)
  • Graphics for worship bulletins & worship slides
  • Graphics for an invitation card to be inserted in bulletin and given out in the weeks prior to the series
  • Newspaper ads ready to use
  • Door hanger graphics and customizable direct mail to use as you invite the community
  • A bonus drama package includes five sketches to use in addition to or in place of worship videos.
  • Photoshop is required to customize the graphics in this bundle.
  • For a complete contents list click here (PDF)

Preview the graphics in this multimedia bundle  

To order, call toll-free (888) 346-3862 or purchase online

NEW Read this document on customizing Photo Shop files provided in the multimedia bundle.

a life-giving christmas for children, Youth and families

Christmas is a season that’s filled with joy and excitement. Kids look forward to the Christmas celebrations they’ll attend, the gifts they’ll receive, and the fun they’ll experience during the welcomed break from school. This year, give children and families the opportunity to experience something more personal, more powerful—the gift of a life-giving Christmas. Help kids explore how Jesus brings hope to the hopeless. Let them experience the peace Jesus brings in the midst of chaos. Have kids celebrate the joy of helping others. And, help them share the love of Jesus with loved ones and neighbors. You’ll give new life to kids’ relationships with Jesus at Christmastime and all year long!

Download A LIfe-giving Christmas for Children and Families (PDF)
Written by Patty Smith, Director of Children’s Ministries, Tennessee Annual Conference

Download A Life-giving Chirstmas for Youth
Written by Jeremy Steele, Christ United Methodist Church, Mobile, Alabama

Alternative Giving

The Advance
The Advance: Alternative Giving Flyer

The Advance offers perfect opportunities to give beyond the ordinary with alternative gifts – the practice of giving a donation in someone’s honor rather than a physical gift. It is really two gifts in one – a gift through The Advance to the people it helps and a gift to the person you honor. 100 % of your gift reaches its intended mission and ministry.

Additional worship and devotion resources

Lectionary Planning Helps for Sundays 
Advent – Christmas – Epiphany
Trail of Hope Advent Meditations
Give Free Trade

2009 Advent Resources "Rethink Christmas this year"

Rethink Church this Christmas video
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Week 3 Sermon Starter
Week 4 Sermon Starter


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