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Billy Graham Center Museum to Host Children's Interactive Advent Meditations

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LaTonya Taylor

The Billy Graham Center Museum at Wheaton College is hosting a series of one-hour worship services designed to engage children with the wonder and anticipation of the Advent season. The events will take place over the first three weekends of December.

Through a unique storytelling format and multi-sensory materials, children will explore stories from the Bible about the birth of Jesus. Participants have the opportunity to respond to the presentations with simple arts and crafts, prayer, journaling, reading, visual arts, and hands-on materials for retelling their own story.

This is the second year the Museum has offered the interactive Advent meditations, which are arranged by Wheaton College experts in Christian formation and directed by worship leaders from local churches.

"We're so excited to offer these events to the community," says Museum Coordinator Eric Durbin. "What is so powerful about the intergenerational aspect of the worship experience is that adults have the opportunity to have their paradigm of workshop expanded, and the youngest participants have the chance to have their sense of worship affirmed."

The events take place on Saturdays December 1, 8, and 15 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on Sundays December 2, 9, and 16 at 4 p.m. Stories in the same weekend are identical. The events are free and open to the public and take place in the Billy Graham Center Museum Rotunda area. No RSVP is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Billy Graham Center Museum, located at 500 College Avenue in Wheaton, offers free parking and is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 630.752.5909 or visit