Advent and Christmas Resources

The following is a small sample of the material available from the Theology House Library or the Anglican Resource Centre to enhance the Advent and Christmas seasons.

These books may be borrowed. Send any requests to library@theologyhouse.ac.nz or search the on-line catalogue for other resources.

  • Advent : a family celebration : prayers and activities for each day / Julie Walters. 2004.
  • Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany services / F. Belton Joyner. 2010. (Just in time series)
  • Advent conversations : lighting the Advent wreath, years A, B, & C / Richard J. Hull. 2001.
  • Beneath a travelling star : thirty contemporary carols and hymns for Christmas / Timothy Dudley-Smith. 2001.
  • A candle of hope : a journey through Advent, Christmas and the New Year to Bethlehem / Garth Hewitt. 1999.
  • Candles & conifers : resources for All Saints’ and Advent / Ruth Burgess. 2005.
  • Celebrating Christingle : all you need to prepare your service / Nick Fawcett. 2005.
  • Christmas treasures : a collection of congregational resources for Advent and Christmas / Elaine M. Ward. 2003.
  • Come, Lord Jesus! : daily readings for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany / Geoffrey Rowell and Julien Chilcott-Monk. 2003.
  • Hay & stardust : resources for Christmas to Candlemas / Ruth Burgess 2005.
  • Keeping Christ in Christmas : helping families find their focus / Steve Russo. 1999.
  • Live the dream : sacred celebrations for Advent & Christmas, year C. 2003 / Rina Wintour.
  • Living with hope : a scientist looks at Advent, Christmas and Epiphany / J. C. Polkinghorne. 2003.
  • Love came down : Anglican readings for Advent and Christmas / compiled by Christopher L. Webber. 2002.
  • The organist’s great big Christmas book : a sackful of music for the busiest season of the year. 2008.
  • Promises, promises : an Advent study course / Nick Fawcett. 2001.
  • Season of light and hope : prayers and liturgies for Advent and Christmas / Blair Gilmer Meeks. 2005.
  • Special services for Advent and Christmas / Susan Hardwick. 2002.
  • Songs for a saviour : sermons and worship services for Advent and Christmas / David Oliver. 2003.
  • Won’t you let Him in? : an Advent study for adults / James W. Moore. 2002.

Christmas Plays

  • Augustine, Peg. Celebrate Christmas : easy dramas, speeches, and recitations for children. 2002.
  • Augustine, Peg. Simply Christmas : easy dramas, speeches and recitations for children. 2001.
  • Berry, Mike. Herod’s bad day : a play for Christmas. 2003
  • Burt, David. 50 sketches about Jesus. 1999.
  • The Christmas script book : short, easy drama for worship, sermon set-up, programs & more … / Jeff Smith [et al.]. 2004.
  • Goens, Linda M. Angel at McDonalds : Advent drama for youth. 2001.
  • Goodwin, Debbie Salter. Quick start Christmas drama for kids : no rehearsal Bible skits for classroom or performance. 2007.
  • Harris, Denise. The Christmas star. 2008.
  • Haylock, Derek. One cool cat and other sketches. 2002.
  • Howie Vicki. Easy ways to Christmas plays. 1998.
  • Howie Vicki. Easy ways to Christmas plays, Volume 2. 2009.
  • Jackson, Peter. The coming king : Christian drama sketches for Advent and Christmas. 2007.
  • Job, John. Bethlehem’s first Christmas : a collection of seven humorous nativity playlets. 1996.
  • Page, Nick. 50 drama sketches for youth. 2003.
  • The really, really, really holy night : easy Christmas dramas, speeches, and recitations for children / [by Myrtle E. Felkner and LeeDell Stickler]. 2007.
  • Smiley, Kendra. One-rehearsal Christmas plays : preschool through middle school. 2004.
  • Woodrow, Lynette. Christmas – a love story : an angelic nativity. 2003.

Some other resources for working with children

  • Aiono-Iosefa, Sarona. Two cans of corned beef and a manulele in a mango tree : a Pacific Christmas / Sarona Aiono-losefa ; illustrated by Steven Dunn. 2004.
  • Arthur, Ginny. Best of blessings : Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany : popular worship programs for children of all ages, and children and adults together : 8 reproducible program units / Ginny Arthur, editor. 1998.
  • Christmas wrapped up! / [editorial team, Karen Evans … et al ; artists, Pauline Adams … et al.]. 2003.
  • Erickson, Jenny. My favorite Advent & Christmas activity book. 2005.
  • Fawcett, Nick. Unwrapping the seasons : all-age talks for Advent and Christmas. 2001.
  • Gondola, Alex A. Don’t forget the child : sermons for Advent and Christmas. 2001.
  • Miller, Jocelyn. 123 Christmas: quick and simple crafts in 123 steps. 2010.
  • Miller, Jocelyn. I can make angel things for Christmas. 2008.
  • Miller, Jocelyn. I can make starry things for Christmas. 2007.
  • More Christmas wrapped up / [editorial team, Alex Taylor … et al ; artists, Pauline Adams … et al.]. 2007.
  • Miller, Doris Wells. Seven Advent programs for children. 2002.
  • Rock, Lois. Christmas. 1999.
  • Sanna, Ellyn. Christmas at home : 101 Advent activities for kids. 2000.

Music & Videos & Games

  • Candles in the dark : meditations and music for Advent / narrated by David Adam; music by Margaret Rizza and Keith Duke. 2004.
  • Carol our Christmas [CD] : contemporary New Zealand carols / New Zealand Hymnbook Trust.
  • Christmas giant floor puzzle
  • The Christmas story keepers
  • The star of Christmas / Veggietales.