by Kristen Morgan
Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Many of us have seen (or even used) a traditional Advent calendar.In it, we count down the days until Christmas by opening a window on a paper calendar every day, revealing a new surprise.Sometimes they open into Bible verses, or scenes of the nativity, but there are some that are filled with candy or chocolate to be discovered each day.In my house, we have an Advent calendar that counts down the days until Christmas by pinning a new felt ornament onto a felt tree each day until December 24th.
Join us in our third year of the fun tradition of a Reverse Advent Calendar.Rather than opening a window to take something each day, a Reverse Advent Calendar encourages giving. Our calendar lists some of the common items that food pantries distribute to those in need.Each day of Advent, we invite you to read some Scripture, perhaps say a prayer, and to donate the item indicated on the calendar by placing it in a special Reverse Advent Calendar box or bag.During the Christmas season (December 25th through January 6th), seal up the box or bag and bring it to St. Paul’s. You can also return your box at our Share the Joy celebration, 2pm on Sunday, December 16.
We will deliver all of them to the South Hills Food Pantry.
“How We Do It At My House”
It’s hard to go to the store every day and buy something to put into the Reverse Advent Calendar box!So, here’s what I have done at my house that seems to work.I “pre-shop” for all of the items and then store them in our pantry downstairs.Each day, I have one of the boys look at the calendar and go down and “shop” for the item, and put it in the bag during dinnertime.That way, I know we have everything but the kids still get to go out and find it, and put it in the bag themselves.
Download your calendar today HERE, or pick one up at St. Paul’s!
You can collect appropriate bags from St. Paul’s the week before Advent (Thanksgiving week), or use your own box or bag.Please follow the calendar as closely as possible—that way, all of the food box recipients get the same food.