Use an empty manger or empty stable from a nativity scene. Hand out note cards or pieces of paper and pens and have the students write down their responses to the following questions:
• What are you waiting for today?
• What hopes, dreams, plans have you been waiting, praying and longing for?
• Are you willing to wait for these things?
• Are you willing to wait for God?
• What will it take for you to wait on Him?
Then have the students place these cards in a manger, physically and symbolically giving them to God. Or have them write their names on a card and place them in the manger as a symbol of their willingness to wait on Jesus as Mary, Joseph and others did.
Contributed by Lilly Lewin and Dan Kimball who adapted it from "Sacred Space: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Multisensory Worship Experiences for Youth Ministry" http://www.youthworker.com/youth-ministry-resources-ideas/youth-ministry/11610195/
Here is a coloring sheet to mark the second week of Advent and focus on Jesus as the Way.
Mandy Groce, creator of the image, says, "Week two of advent – Here we see the cross, with images suggesting a heavenward direction. My focus was to remind us that there is no other way to heaven, to God and His good favor, aside from Christ and His gift on the cross."
Check out this article from Youth Ministry 360! This quote helps describe what waiting during Advent should look like:
This slowing down and waiting we are called to is not passive; it is not a lazy response. Rather, this waiting is active and intentional. This waiting is intentionally creating margin in our lives so we can focus on the One we are waiting for.