Like many other churches, we make lighting the Advent Wreath its own unique part of the service. This year, we decided to continue a tradition that started a few years ago because of it being so well received, so I figured I would share.
After the prayer of the day, we invite one family to come forward and light the wreath together. This is a great way to include children in worship, to encourage family worship, and to encourage conversation. Families are “looped” into talking about Advent before the service, making sure their children understand what they are doing, and why they are doing it.
As I said earlier, this has become a “thing” around here. families are excited to participate, and actually call or e-mail to me to make sure that their name gets on the schedule. Since we have three worship services each Sunday, it gives 12 families a chance to be involved and do something special.