“For the seventh year in a row, #AdventWord will gather prayers via a global, online advent calendar. Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) in partnership with Forward Movement is offering 27 daily meditations and images during this holy season beginning Sunday, November 29. During a year of disparate worship and communities of prayer, AdventWord offers a way to reflect and pause for the Advent season and await the birth of Christ.”
“Gathering a worldwide community, #AdventWord provides a daily meditation, visual image, and invites your personal reflections via social media to share your own Advent journey. Thousands have participated each year, responding to the words with photos, written responses, crafts, drawings, poems, found art, and Holy Spirit-filled posts.”
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#AdventWord and publisher Forward Movement partnered to create a booklet of meditations called Waiting and Watching. I was invited by them to draw a calendar template to go with the booklet and the words. The AdventWords are on the border of the calendar and there are spaces for each day of Advent. Except for three days where I have already entered the word and a doodle (to give examples), the spaces do not have a designated date or word. You can decide where to write each word on the calendar and make a visual response with doodles, drawings, color, or more words.
The calendars are 17″X22″ and come in packs of 5 for $12. Each person in your family, small group, or congregation can participate with their own calendar. The booklets are $7 each. To order the calendar and/or booklet, go to the Forward Movement website:
Here is an example of the 2020 AdventWord calendar with other words and color added.
For the past three years I have combined my Advent calendar templates with #AdventWord. Besides having a word to think and pray about, I am a member of a worldwide congregation and community of people making the daily prayer journey to Christmas. I love this full-bodied practice. My mind, heart, eyes, hands, and imagination all get to participate. This is my #AdventWord calendar from 2017.