Archive for December, 2012

Let’s Celebrate

Key Verse: “For to us a child is born, the Prince of Peace”

(Isaiah 9:6)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: Jesus is special

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 2:39-52) When Jesus was twelve he traveled to the Temple in Jerusalem for Passover with his family. After Passover Mary and Joseph left Jerusalem but seem to have forgotten Jesus. This is understandable if you remember that in this culture Mary and Joseph was likely traveling in a caravan with many other family members. It is easy to assume that Jesus was with cousin or other family members. After they made the long trip back to Jerusalem to get Jesus they found him teaching in the Temple. We read that not only was Jesus teaching, but he was answering questions as well! The teachers were impressed by what he understood and by the answers he gave. They knew that Jesus was special even at such a young age!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk to your children about what it means to you that Jesus is special. Then encourage your family members to explore what “Jesus is special” means to each of them. One of the ways to get to know the “specialness” of Jesus better is simply to spend more time with him. If your family is used to praying aloud together, perhaps at mealtimes, suggest spending time in silence together acknowledging the presence of the Savior with you.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Gather your family, and look at photo albums together. Share memories about the pictures. Tell how you felt at the time the pictures were taken. After looking at severed pictures, try to imagine Jesus growing up – as a baby, a child, and as a teenager. If possible, go to the library to discover what life was like for children in Jesus’ day. Talk about what made Jesus special. Then thank Jesus for being with your family in each photo collection.

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Let’s Celebrate

Key Verse: “For to us a child is born, the Prince of Peace”

(Isaiah 9:6)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Repenting prepares us for Jesus

Read: (Open the bible and read to your child Luke 1:26-45; 2:1-20) Mary and Joseph were engaged to be married and it was known to all. The Jewish culture at that time made them legally bound after they had taken public vowels, so they were married but could not live together until the appointed time. This is why Mary was confused when the angel of the Lord went to visit Mary and tell her she will have a son and he is to be called Jesus. Mary ran to Elizabeth’s house where they both realized something powerful was happening. Jesus was eventually born to Mary and Joseph in a manger. The angels, wise men, and shepherds all came to visit the newborn king. The first Christmas!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you were looking forward to a baby being born. What was most exciting about that time? Then discuss ways your family can focus on Jesus’ birth at Christmastime. Find a way to celebrate Jesus this week that’s new to you and will bring deeper meaning to the holiday, such as doing a kindness for another person, attending a special service, or spending time with someone who can celebrate with you. Or start a new Christ-centered tradition at your house. For example, after you open your presents, you might have everyone take a moment to tell why the gift of Jesus’ birth is so special.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Write a poem explaining why your family celebrates Christmas. Make sure that everyone participates in composing the poem. Enclose the poem in your Christmas cards, on hand the poem out to friends and family as you visit during the Christmas season. Encourage others to remember that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas!

Let’s Celebrate

Key Verse: “For to us a child is born, the Prince of Peace”

(Isaiah 9:6)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Repenting prepares us for Jesus

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 3:7-18) John had a message of repentance. He was telling people about Jesus, the coming messiah, and wanted them to repent. Some came just so people would say how good they were because they were getting baptized. Others thought they had an advantage for being descendants of Abraham, but John told them the only thing that is important is that they receive Jesus Christ as Messiah. People in the crowds began to say that John was the Messiah. John could have easily taken the glory, but did not.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a need to change something about the way you act or think. Explain why you need to make that change and what you plan to do to follow through on it. Then encourage your children to think of an area in their lives where they need to make a change as well. Maybe it’s a change in attitude or a change in how they treat someone. Remind your kids that by repenting and changing how we think or act, we are preparing for Jesus.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
When we confess our sins, God removes them from our lives, cleaning our hearts an making room for Jesus. Make room for each gift you receive this year by donating something you already have to a local charity. As you make room for new things in your home, thank God for making room in your heart for Jesus.

 

Let’s Celebrate

Key Verse: “For to us a child is born, the Prince of Peace”

(Isaiah 9:6)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The world needs Jesus    

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 1:68-79) Zechariah was a priest who along with his Elizabeth had a son John. This John was known as John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus. Zechariah gave a praise because he knew his son John would be a prophet who would appear before the coming of our Lord. John was to give the people knowledge of salvation, and tell them that salvation is all about the remission of sins. This remission is made possible through the grace and mercy of God.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Tell about a time you were confused and in need. What did you need? Who helped you overcome your confusion and need in that situation? Then encourage your children to talk about who they go to when they need something. Talk about ways you can remember to go to Jesus the next time a need arises.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
For the next week, gather as a family each evening before bed. Thank Jesus for all of the things you can think of that he has done for you that day – for forgiving sin, for helping you to share his love with others, for being with you, and so on. Put a predetermined amount of money (a penny, a quarter, or even a dollar) in an envelope for each thank you. As an act of thanksgiving, put the money in your churches offering next week.

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