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Christmas Tree Milestone Moment

The season of Advent signals the beginning of the church year and gives a wonderful opportunity to establish rituals and traditions to be handed from one generation to the next. An Advent wreath provides a visual reminder in the home of Jesus birth and His coming again. The Christmas tree is another visual reminder. Legend tells that the evergreen was chosen and decorated with candles to represent God’s creation and the gift of God’s Son as the Light of the World. Taking time to put up the Christmas tree and decorate it together with family  is important. This Milestone Moment encourages caring conversations  and provides prayers that point  to Jesus as the Light of the World while we prepare for Christmas.

Suggestion: Click here to download the Christmas Tree Milestone Moment, make copies, place in a gallon size plastic bag along with a nativity ornament , and give to families to use at home. As a follow-up, gather households to tell stories about their experience with using the Milestone Moment.

 

The Heart of Milestones

At the heart of Milestones Ministry are the Four Keys. These Four Key Faith Practices nurture the Christian faith, reach out to the larger world with the love of God in Christ, and bless and strengthen relationships at home and in the congregation. They are:

  1. Caring Conversations: These conversation starters provide meaningful reflection on biblical texts and our daily lives.
  2. Devotions: Being devoted to God’s word serves as the foundation for practicing the  presence of God and blessing you with faith, hope, and love.
  3. Service: Christ tells us to serve others. By living the faith in love, we learn the value and joy of the Christian faith. Faith motivates us to serve the world in love.
  4. Rituals and Traditions: Symbolic actions grounded in the Christian tradition throughout the year provide a beautiful and holistic way of experiencing the grace of God.

Read the history of the Four Keys for practicing faith

Four Key Mat

Taking Faith Home

Taking Faith Home (TFH) is an annual  subscription providing a weekly bulletin insert to enhance faith formation in the home!

  • Offers suggested daily Bible readings.
  • Gives examples of each of the Four Key faith practices (caring conversations, devotions, service, and rituals and traditions)
  • Includes weekly prayers
  • Based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
  • New in 2016-17: Suggested weekly hymns

Download the 2016-17 UserGuide,  Tips for Leaders , and Hymn List.

 

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