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In December, our preschoolers will discover the story of Jesus’ birth from the first announcement the angel made to Mary in Luke 1, to the journey of the wisemen recorded in Matthew 2. Christmas is magical time for families, but more importantly Christmas is all about God’s love for us!
Q: How do we know God loves us?
A: God gave us Jesus.
December 1: Mary & the Angel (Luke 1:26-53)
December 8: Jesus is Born (Luke 2:1-7)
December 15: Angels & Shepherds (Luke 2:8-18)
December 22: Christmas Story Review (Luke 1:26-2:18)
December 29: The Wisemen (Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11)
December Memory Verse: [WATCH HERE]
GOD HAS GIVEN (point up)
A SON TO US.” (rock arms like holding a baby)
ISAIAH 9:6 (hold hands open like a book)
Home Tip: There are many child-friendly nativity sets (like this one) available at area stores or online. Find one that your child can hold and play with all month long. Re-tell the story again and again, while acting it out with the nativity set figures. Celebrate the birth of Jesus all month long and keep your home Christ-focused. [READ MORE IDEAS]
November 25, 2013
By Missy Farley
Has anyone else noticed that our world makes it challenging to keep Christ first at Christmas? There are several ways you can help make Christmas truly meaningful this year by making Jesus the focus. It’s our responsibility to let our children know what the day and all the celebrating is truly all about. Chances are they won’t hear it at school, see it on television or read about it on Facebook. They will know because we will show them. For our children, this holiday is still being written upon their future memories. This is why we as Christians need to make sure that what they remember is packaged in precious truths about how God’s love reached out to a dying world, one silent night in a town called Bethlehem.
Here are some ways your family can make Christmas meaningful:
- Set up a Nativity and make it a focus in your home.
- Hide baby Jesus and “seek” Him Christmas morning before opening gifts.
- Gift wrap baby Jesus in your nativity and let this be your first unwrapped gift Christmas morning.
- Take a cue from the Magi and limit the gifts. Remind kids it’s not their birthday, it’s His.
- Have a daily family devotion that unwraps Christmas.
- Encourage kids to put on a nativity pageant.
- Have a birthday cake for Jesus!
- Talk with your kids about giving God a gift. What does He want from us?
- Hang a stocking for Christ. Fill it with notes just for Him.
- Invite someone to share Christmas dinner with your family.
- Be generous as a family at Christmas by baking, giving and doing.
- When preparing your Christmas meal, set a literal place for Jesus, your honored guest.
- Read Luke 2 together on Christmas Eve or morning.
- Read an advent book together during the Christmas season.
May your Christmas be full of memories that speak of love and generosity….the true meaning of Christmas.
November 20, 2013
We’re excited to kick-off our JOY series this month. Joy is finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way. Joy isn’t dependent on our circumstances, but rather it’s about being content beyond our circumstances. We can have joy when we recognize that God’s plan is greater than our own. Our joy is a response to our trust in God.
Joy will thrive in life’s triumphs and endure through life’s challenges. Joy is a
deep, sincere way to approach life that allows us to know that the hard times
will make us stronger and draw us closer to God. Having joy may not mean always
wearing a smile, but joy lets us reflect God’s love and shine through the dark
moments in life.
The monthly memory verse is: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4. When life is going well for us, we can rejoice in God’s goodness. When things don’t go our way, we can still rejoice because we know that God has promised to always be with us and give us peace. We can always find joy.
In Week One’s Bible story, God promised a Savior to rescue His people from their sins (Isaiah 9:6-7). This promise was given to Isaiah hundreds of years before Jesus was born. Through Jesus, God made a way for His people to be rescued. Our Bottom Line is: I can have joy because God keeps His promises. We can read God’s promises for ourselves in the Bible.
In Week Two’s Bible story, Zechariah and Elizabeth were unable to have children (Luke 1:5-25; 57-79). Yet, they learned that God can do anything. Our Bottom Line is: I can have joy because anything is possible with God. Although God may not always choose to do the impossible—He may allow us to walk through hard times to help us grow—we can remember that He can rescue us from anything.
In Week Three’s Bible story, God put His plan in motion by sending His Son to be born as a baby (Luke 2:1-7). Our Bottom Line is: I can have joy because God sent His Son. Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of all of God’s promises to us. Our hope in Jesus can help us have joy and overcome anything that can happen to us.
In Week Four’s Bible story, God announced to the world that the Promised One arrived (Luke 2:8-20). God sent His angels to shepherds out keeping watch over their sheep to proclaim the good news. Our Bottom Line is: I can have joy because God’s story is for everyone. That story isn’t something we can keep to ourselves. It’s a story we need to share with everyone.
In Week Five’s Bible story, a godly man named Simeon had been waiting for God’s promise to happen (Luke 2:21-35). When he saw baby Jesus, he prophesied that through Jesus the world would be blessed. Our Bottom Line is: I can have joy because God has a plan to make things right. Some of life’s circumstances cause us pain, but our pain is not the end of the story; God has a plan to make everything right once and for all.
November 19, 2013
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November 12, 2013
Ever hear your child singing a song they learned at church but you don’t know how it goes? Here’s your chance to download them for use at home.
For a limited time, some of our popular Clubhouse songs are available on iTunes.
Our November Clubhouse play list includes R to the B (aka The Bible Rap). And last month, the kids rocked out to the song, Oh He Loves Me .
You can also check out other great Bible-based kids songs by searching Amber Sky Records on iTunes.
November 7, 2013
New Parents, save the date for our 2014 Family Dedication Experience. This 3 part experience celebrates the gift of a new baby and gives parents an opportunity to acknowledge their commitment to be their child’s spiritual leader.
Parents are encouraged to pray for their child daily, teach them about God in their home and stay actively connected to Christ’s church. In turn, the church promises to equip the parents and provide spiritual guidance for the family.
Family Dedication Class: January 15, 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Centennial Hall (required)
Family Dedication Celebration: February 8, 10:00am to 11:30am, Centennial Hall
Family Dedication Recognition: February 9, during Sunday worship services
The Family Dedication Experience is created for West Side members who are parents of children 24 months or younger, or newly adopted children. Registration closes January 14. [REGISTER HERE]
November 7, 2013