Monthly Archives: December 2015

Unit 4, Session 1: Moses Was Born and Called

Dear Parents,

 

This week, we continued our journey through the Bible using The Gospel Project® for Kids and learned about Moses’ birth and calling. Moses was chosen by God to help deliver God’s people out of Egypt. When God’s people cried out to God, He responded and miraculously rescued them from physical captivity. Jesus was a greater Deliverer because He rescued God’s people from captivity to sin.

 

Help your children connect the Exodus back to Joseph bringing His family into Egypt and forward to Jesus rescuing God’s people from sin.

Unit 4 Session 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God takes care of us.
    • God kept Baby Moses safe.
    • God chose Moses to bring His people out of Egypt.
    • God sent Jesus because He loves us.
  • Preschool
    • What is God’s plan? God’s plan is to rescue His people.
    • God rescued Moses to save His people.
  • Kids
    • What is God’s plan? God’s plan is to rescue His people from captivity.
    • God rescued Moses to deliver His people from captivity.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Hebrews 3:5-6
  • Babies and Toddlers – Leviticus 11:45

NEXT WEEK

  • “The Plagues, the Passover, and the Crossing of the Red Sea” (Exodus 5-14)
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Christmas, Session 3: Wise Men Visited Jesus

Dear Parents,

 

This week, we concluded our Christmas unit in The Gospel Project® for Kids and studied how wise men traveled from far away to worship Jesus as King. King Herod, on the other hand, was nearby but He wanted to destroy Jesus instead because he felt threatened. Jesus is the true King, promised in 2 Samuel 7, who is worthy of our worship.

 

Help your kids find meaningful and sincere ways to worship Jesus this week as they continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus even after Christmas day has passed.

Christmas Session 3

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Galatians 4:4

 

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus was born.
    • God promised long ago to send Jesus.
    • Wise men worshiped Jesus.
    • Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
  • Preschool
    • Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us.
    • The wise men worshiped Jesus.
  • Kids
    • Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.
    • The wise men worshiped Jesus as King.

 

NEXT WEEK

  • “Moses Was Born and Called” (Exodus 1-4)

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Advent and Christmas Books, Music and Film for Children

Read some of these each year to make some fond family memories and teach your children about the real meaning of Christmas!

You can also download this list in PDF format: TCC Kids Advent Christmas Recommendations.

Christmas Picture Books for Children

Bergen, Lisa Tawn. God Gave Us Christmas. A little bear discovers that Jesus is the best present of all. (Board Book)

Bowman, Crystal. She has many Christmas themed board books that try to point to Christ. Try A Star for Jesus or many others. (Board Book)

Carlson, Melody. Twas the Night: The Nativity Story. A retelling of the nativity story to the cadence of the poem “The Night Before Christmas”. (Preschool-Up)

Graham, Ruth Bell. One Wintry Night. A boy hears the Christmas story, from Creation through Resurrection. (Grades 3+)

Gully, Beth. The Other Side of Christmas. Blending the Santa story with the Jesus story, this book will be a favorite for years to come for the young and the young at heart.

Heyer, Carol. Humphrey’s First Christmas. Story of the wise men from the perspective of their camel. (Preschool-Up)

Higgs, Liz Curtis. The Pine Tree Parable. A farmer’s wife learns the blessings of being generous. (Preschool-Up)

Hodges, Margaret. Silent Night: The Song and Its Story. Gives the beautiful story of how the song came to be written. (Kindergarten-Up)

Hunt, Angela Elwell. The Tale of the Three Trees. A folk tale about three trees that grow up to be Jesus’ manger, boat, and cross tells the tale of Jesus’ life and ministry. (Preschool-Up)

Idle, Molly. Night, Night Baby Jesus– The animals in the manger welcome the baby Jesus. (Preschool)

Jeffers, Susan. Silent Night– sets the words of the hymn to pictures of the nativity. (Kindergarten-Up)

Johnson, Eldon. The King’s Christmas List. Emma can’t wait to go to the King’s birthday party—but doesn’t know what gift to bring. (Preschool-Up)

Jones, Sally Lloyd. My Merry Christmas and the Real Reason for Christmas Joy. This book helps children relate secular holiday customs and symbols to something more important: Jesus’ birth. (Preschool-Up)

Jones, Sally Lloyd. Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story. Beautiful book describes how creation celebrates the coming of Jesus. (Preschool-Up)

Lowry, Mark. Mary, Did You Know? Views the nativity from Mary’s perspective. (Preschool-Up)

Lucado, Max. The Crippled Lamb. Beautiful story of a little lamb with a crippled leg who discovers that God has a special purpose for his life. (Preschool-Up)

Mackall, Dandi Daley. The Gift of the Christmas Cookie. Helps teach the meaning of Christmas through Christmas cookies. (Preschool-Up)

Mead, Arden. Do You See What I See? A Seek and Find Book for Advent. Tells the Christmas story through devotions, rhymes, and picture puzzles. (Kindergarten-Up)

Myra, Harold. Santa, Are You For Real? This story tells about the historic Saint Nicholas, without getting into whether or not Santa is real. (Preschool-Up)

Osborne, Rick. The Legend of the Christmas Tree. Children discover how the evergreen tree became the familiar Christmas symbol. (Preschool-Up)

Osborne, Rick. The Legend of the Christmas Stocking. A little boy discovers the meaning behind hanging and filling Christmas stockings. (Preschool-Up)

Stiegemeyer, Julie. Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend. Tells the true story of Nicholas and how he served God and reflected God’s love to others. (Kindergarten-Up)

Tangvald, Christine. The Best Thing about Christmas. This book celebrates the wonderful things about Christmas- presents, family, food, but explains that the best thing is Jesus! (Preschool-Up)

Vivas, Julie. The Nativity. This book takes the KJV Christmas story and combines it with engaging illustrations. (Preschool-Up)

Walburg, Lori. The Legend of the Candy Cane. Beautiful story explains how the favorite Christmas candy points to Jesus. (Preschool-Up)

Waddell, Martin. Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale. The animals come one by one into the shelter of a stable—until a donkey comes bearing Mary and Joseph. (Preschool-Up)

Wangerin Jr., Walter. Mary’s First Christmas. Mary tells her five year old son about the special night of His birth. (Preschool-Up)

Watson, Jane Werner. The Christmas Story. Classic Golden Book retelling of the Christmas story. (Preschool-Up)

Wojchiechowski , Susan. Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.  Beautiful story tells the message of Christmas and how it slowly transforms a lonely woodcarver. (1st Grade-Up)

Read Alouds/Books for Older Children

The Best Christmas Pagent Ever by Barbara Robinson

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Familyman Christmas a treasury by Todd Wilson

Advent Family Devotionals

James, Scott. The Expected One. This devotional focuses on the promises of God leading up to its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. (Elementary-Up)

Garborg, Carol. When will it be Christmas? 25 Stories and Family activities for advent. Capture the childhood excitement and joy of counting down the days until Christmas with this fun hands-on devotional.

Ramsey, Russ. Behold the Lamb of God. Personal and family devotional tracing the promise of God through Scripture. Has an accompanying CD by Andrew Peterson. (Junior High-Up)

White, Amanda. Truth in the Tinsel. Goes through the Christmas story with crafts for each day. (Preschool-Up)

Ytreeide, Arnold. Arnold has published several Advent devotionals which tell the Christmas story through the eyes of a child living in ancient Israel. The stories and characters all connect together and are meant to be read from Advent-Christmas. (Elementary-Up)

  1. Jotham’s Journey
  2. Bartholomew’s Passage
  3. Tabitha’s Travels
  4. Ishtar’s Odyssey

DVDs

Why Do We Call It Christmas (What’s in the Bible)— Addresses many common Christmas traditions and how they all point to Christ.  (also available for FREE streaming through the church’s Right Now Media account. )

The Nativity Story– movie appropriate for older children

Veggie Tales: St. Nicholas– tells the story of the man behind Santa Claus.

Music

A Slugs and Bugs Christmas by Randall Goodgame– features both Christmas hymns and silly songs. Randall hosted a Slugs and Bugs concert at our church last year.

Waiting Songs– Rain for Roots- advent songs for children.

Behold the Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson- songs which accompany the devotional listed above.

 

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Christmas, Session 2: Jesus Was Born

Dear Parents,

 

This week, we continued our Christmas unit in The Gospel Project® for Kids and celebrated the birth of Jesus. It was fitting that Jesus was born in a manger and that the first people to hear about His arrival were the shepherds in the fields. Shepherds were outcasts from society and by God announcing the birth of Jesus to them first, God was declaring that the Savior was for all types of people everywhere.

 

Help your children develop a heart for all people this Christmas season no matter what language the speak, what they look like, or where they live.

 

Christmas Session 2

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Galatians 4:4

 

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus was born.
    • Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
    • Jesus is God’s Son.
    • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.
  • Preschool
    • Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us.
    • Jesus was born as God promised.
  • Kids
    • Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.
    • Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior.

 

NEXT WEEK (CHRISTMAS UNIT)

  • “Wise Men Visited Jesus” (Matthew 2:1-21)

 

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

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Christmas, Session 1: Angels Spoke to Mary and Joseph

Dear Parents,

This week, we began our Christmas unit in The Gospel Project® for Kids and learned how angels announced the birth of Jesus to Mary and Joseph. God chose Mary and Joseph to be the earthly parents of Jesus by grace, not because of anything they did to deserve it. Jesus being born fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies of God providing a Savior for His people. God the Son has always existed, but He took on humanity so that He could live a life full of obedience to the Father, die paying the sin penalty owed because of people’s sin, and rise again from the dead proving that He has power over the grave.

 

Help your kids keep Jesus purpose in coming to earth central as they celebrate the Christmas season.

Unit 5 Session 1

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Galatians 4:4

 

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus was born.
    • God promised to send Jesus to earth.
    • God chose a family for Jesus.
    • Jesus was born just as God promised.
    • Jesus is God’s Son.
  • Preschool
    • Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us.
    • God chose a family for Jesus.
  • Kids
    • Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.
    • God chose Mary and Joseph to be the earthly parents of Jesus.

 

NEXT WEEK (CHRISTMAS UNIT)

  • “Jesus Was Born” (Luke 2:1-20)

 

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

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