12/18 Sweater day: If you have a Christmas Sweater from Aunt Fanny who pinches your cheek, an ugly sweater, an itchy sweater or a blue sweater; we will be celebrating Christmas and the cold by wearing our sweaters Sunday, December 18th! Please join us in the fun!
12/24 Christmas Eve: The Children’s Ministry has been special requested to join in the Christmas Eve Festivities! This song, as well as the song we are singing for advent, will be the songs the grade school class will be singing on Christmas Eve. The preschool class will be invited to join us for ‘Its Christmas’ and will be requested to sit and enjoy the second song.
On Christmas Eve after the carols, The worship leader will dismiss the children during the Christmas carols. You can bring your grade schooler or preschooler to the Kid’s wing lobby to prepare for their Special. There will be volunteers will be scattered around the audience to help you as needed. Children will be returning to you after they sing. If you have any questions or concerns or want to volunteer to help let Pastor Donne know!
1/8 Pie Day: The Grade School Class, until January 8th, has been challenged to bring their Bibles consistently to church. If the kids accomplish this task and bring their Bibles for a total of 144 times, their name will be placed in a drawing to have the opportunity to PIE some of their faithful teachers and Pastor Donne in the face! Here are more details! This is all a chance to partner with you as you encourage your children to build a good habit of bringing and using their Bibles in their daily lives. Contact Pastor Donne at firstname.lastname@example.org if:
- You are a volunteer and want to join in being ‘pie’d’ on January 8th
- You are a volunteer or parent and want more information.
Bible Basis: Matthew 2:1 – 12; Luke 1:26 – 38; 2:1 – 20, 25 – 38
Bible Verse: Matthew 1:21: “She is going to have a son. You must give him the name Jesus. That is because he will save his people from their sins.”
Bible Point: God sent his Son to save the world. Jesus is my Savior.
Resource: The Beginner’s Bible
“An Angel Visits Mary” (pages 266 – 270)
“Baby Jesus Is Born” (pages 271 – 276)
“Simeon and Anna Meet Baby Jesus” (pages 282 – 285)
“The Bright Star and Three Visitors” (pages 286 – 290)
TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.
- How do you think Mary felt when the angel appeared to her? (Scared, excited, surprised, etc.)
- How do you think Simeon and Anna knew that Jesus was the Savior? (God told them. Simeon and Anna recognized that Jesus was the Savior God had promised to send.)
- What was Herod’s trick? Why did he tell the Wise Men he wanted to worship Jesus? (Herod wanted to trick the Wise Men into finding Jesus for him. If Herod had said that he wanted to hurt Jesus, the Wise Men wouldn’t have gone to and Jesus.)
- If you could have brought a gift to baby Jesus, what would it have been?
LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.
Have your child select one of the Bible stories from this week and act it out for you as you read the story aloud from The Beginner’s Bible. There are many starring roles for an angel in these stories. Cut holes in an old pillowcase to make an angel’s robe. Use pipe cleaners or a fancy headband for a halo. If you have costume wings, use those as well. The garage or driveway is a perfect place to set up a stable and to ride a donkey or camels (bikes). A simple box or toy cradle can serve as the manger. Of course, you’ll need a baby doll wrapped in blankets. When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in per- son, via Skype, or using a video camera.
EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.
The birth of a child is an exciting event! Tell about your child’s own birth. Explain how you chose the name. Show pictures and the baby book, if you have one.
Remind your child that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Plan a birthday party for Jesus to be held this Christmas. Let your child choose food, decorations, and games. Decide who to invite and use a computer or craft paper to make invitations.
The Wise Men worshiped Jesus by giving him gifts of gold and spices. We can’t give Jesus physical gifts, but we can worship him through giving. Write “Worshiping Jesus” at the top of a piece of paper. Draw a line down the middle and label one side “Give to Jesus” and the other “Give to Others.” Have your child help you think of ideas for each side of the chart. “Give to Jesus” gifts might include money (tithe), praise, attention, time, obedience, or a song. “Give to Others” gifts can include physical gifts such as food and blankets. Post the list in your home as a reminder to worship God through giving.
Have a Christmas sing-along! Play meaningful favorites like “Joy to the World” and “Away in a Manger.” If you have a child’s set of musical instruments, let your child play along!
The theme: How can we share about the greatest gift ever this Christmas?
What we learned in class: Jesus is the greatest gift and it is so exciting that we want to share Him with everyone.
Challenge: Share the greatest gift with someone I love this Christmas.and it is so exciting that we want to share Him with everyone.