Advent calendars aren’t just for chocolate! For Advent one year, we jumped into the Advent Conspiracy and explored what it looked like to worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all. Our church is located at a busy intersection that sees thousands and thousands of cars a day. So we decided to capitalize on that with an outdoor Advent calendar.

(Aside: Don’t neglect your outdoor space, creative church! It’s a great way to get noticed, be playful, and use your collective voice for the Kingdom of God. Push yourselves to think beyond the church sign. In fact, outdoor art is a great way to get away from the church sign debate if that is an issue in your congregation.)

We used doors (got them from the local Habitat ReStore). One for each week. We attached a plywood panel to the back of each door, painted our desired image/message on the plywood, and opened 1 door each Sunday. There’s no end or limit to what you paint or say, what style of art you use, or who can help create this. In fact, one of our members came to help on painting day, and it just so happened that her brother was in town and he was actually a graffiti artist! Come on, Holy Spirit!


Things to think about ahead of time:

How to get your doors to stand up: lots of options like a frame, a support, anchors…

Type of paint to use on the material of your doors, and a sealant since they will be outdoors for a month or so.


What to do with the doors after Christmas. There are SO MANY uses for cool doors in worship, prayer rooms, youth rooms, hallway message boards…