“Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph,” from Adam Hamilton, has been added to The DVD Library at the United Methodist Ministry Center. It is among several titles in the library relevant to Christmas and Advent.
“Faithful” includes a DVD, book, and guides for adult, youth, and children’s programs. The set features four video sessions and is suggested for a four-week group study. Total length is about 42 minutes.
Also new is “The Redemption of Scrooge,” by Matt Rowle. Explore the world of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Cratchits, with an eye to Christian faith. About an hour. Leader guide available.
Other topical resources in the library are:
“Once Upon a Stable,” for children, stars four animals that are about to have an important houseguest in their small stable in Bethlehem. (23 minutes)
“The Wonder of Christmas” looks through the lens of four elements in the Christmas story: a star, a name, a manger, and a promise. Four videos, 40 minutes total.
“Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem,” also by Hamilton, imagines Jesus from Mary’s point of view — proud of her son, in awe of his gifts and mission, guided by love for him as a person, and so much more. Five videos, 59 minutes total.
“All I Want for Christmas: Opening the Gifts of God’s Grace,” from James W. Moore. Five sessions (each 8-10 minutes).
“A Thrill of Hope: The Christmas Story in Word and Art.” The familiar story in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew is illustrated by John August Swanson. (50 minutes)