Prepare the Way of the Lord

Do-it-yourself Activities

Advent Photo-A-Day Challenge

For those of you who like a challenge and enjoy visual expression with photos, here is a list of Advent words for each day to reflect on. Take a photo that best represents the word for you, then post that photo to Instagram. If you don’t use Instagram or don’t know how, take this as an opportunity to learn something new! When you post your photo, be sure to include hashtag #stagnescommunity and @stagnesshepherdstown to your post. And if you don’t want to use Instagram, feel free to post your photo on another social media photo sharing site, such as Facebook or Snapchat.

Children’s Advent Calendar

Help your family live Advent more fully by following this online or printable Advent calendar from Loyola Press. Each day provides ideas and suggestions that embody what it means to prepare the way of the Lord, to care for others, consider those in need, and recognize those at the margins. While this is titled a children’s advent calendar, it is appropriate for young and old alike.

Make an Advent Wreath

Learn how to make an Advent wreath by watching the “How To” video on wreath making done by Brigitte Schmidt.

Jesse Tree

Consider creating a Jesse Tree this Advent. The story told through the Jesse Tree decorations is the story of our relationship with God throughout the Old Testament. Visit Loyola Press each week for the daily readings that go with the Jesse Tree. You can also create your own Jesse Tree ornament.

Outdoor Advent Wreath

The outdoor Advent wreath is set up by the pond near the circle, with fresh greens in place, and ready to help us immerse ourselves in this special season. Stop by and take a family Christmas photo or selfie by the wreath and post it on your favorite social media photo sharing site. If you post on Instagram, include #stagnescommunity and @stagnesshepherdstown in your post.

During the Advent Season we prepare for the two comings of Christ.  For the first three Sundays of Advent we anticipate the second coming of Christ and the fulfillment of the Reign of God. While the fourth Sunday of Advent is a time to reflect upon the birth of Jesus, when the Son of God took on human form and the promises of God were fulfilled.

This year Advent begins on Sunday, November 28th and concludes on Friday, December 24th with the start of the Christmas Season.

The world around us makes this a time of hectic activity, St. Agnes has a number of wonderful opportunities that invite us to pause in the middle of the chaos and take time to recognize God’s presence in our midst.  The activities and events include both do-it-yourself activities for individuals and families and events taking place at St. Agnes. Watch this space for new additions each week.

To have a prayerful Advent season with your families at home, we have the following items available for you:

  • Candles and wreath frames to make an Advent wreaths
  • Little Blue Books
  • At Home with the Word for Liturgical year 2022

For those who prefer a digital version of the Little Blue Book, that can be purchased for $4 at:

Advent Festival
December 12, 2021

5:45 ‐ 7:00 pm

It’s been a long time since we’ve had the opportunity to gather socially. It’s time to welcome new members, renew old friendships,  make new ones, and most of all, strengthen our community. We will have tables and chairs indoors and outdoors, campfire style warmth, Christmas music, refreshments, and light.

Come gather with us and enjoy the spirit of Christmas.