One of the most familiar clichés that we hear during the advent season with regards to the idea of joy is that “it is better to give than to receive”. All too often we spend a lot of time and money going from store to store to try and live up to this cliché and find just the right gift for just the right person. A suggestion for the youth group would be to take the idea of giving just a bit further this year and combine with the notion of sacrifice that goes beyond the idea of simply spending money.
• Have each member of the group look around at home and prayerfully select one possession that is very dear to them. It can be anything, but try to avoid picking an item that one is looking to get rid of or never uses. It should be something special that is given.
• During the next youth group meeting, have everyone bring these items in. Assign a number to each item and then have the members of the group draw numbers. When the item you are “giving” is drawn, tell the person who is receiving the item what that item has meant to you and how it has brought you joy over time. Tell the history of the item and do your best to express the joy you will have in seeing someone else enjoy having it over time.
• Another possibility would be to contact another youth group from another church and share your gifts with them. It would be a good idea to figure out how many items would need to be joyfully given ahead of time.
Taken from "An Advent Bible Study Series for Youth" by the Youth Ministry Commission of Disciples Home Missions https://www.discipleshomemissions.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Advent_Bible_Study.pdf
Another set of Advent coloring sheets are here! As creator Mandy Groce describes the coloring sheet for the third week of Advent, "Week three is meant to represent our joy beyond things seen (material blessings vs. eternal joy). The little girl in the scene is full of joy over the Lord regardless of her humble dress. The children in the background are clinging to their piles of gifts without understanding such joy." Find this week's coloring sheet here.