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Unit 7, Session 5: Joshua’s Final Encouragement

Dear Parents,

 

This week we will listen in as Joshua shares his final words of encouragement to Israel. Joshua is near the end of his life, and like Moses, he addresses the people to point them to God. They had a choice to make: choose to follow God or choose to follow the false gods. They couldn’t do both.

As Joshua prepared for his own death, he left a legacy of obedience to God. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He appeared to the disciples and left them with a legacy: to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded. (Matthew 28:19-20)

Help your children see that they have the same choice to make today. They may not be tempted to worship little statues, but they can worship plenty of other things besides God.

Unit 7 Session 5

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  •  Joshua told the people to love God and obey Him.
  • The people promised to love and worship God
  •  We can trust God. God always keeps His promises.
  •  God sent Jesus because He loves us.

●     Preschool

  • Whom can we trust? We can trust God.
  • Joshua told the people to worship God.

●     Kids

  • Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.
  • Joshua encouraged the people to worship God alone.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Joshua 1:9

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “The First Judges” (Judges 3:7-31)

 

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Unit 4, Session 4: The Golden Calf

Dear Parents,

 

This week, our journey through the Bible using The Gospel Project® for Kids took us to when Moses went up Mt. Sinai to talk with God for 40 days. During that time, the people rebelled against the one true God and asked Aaron to make a golden calf to be their god. When God became angry, Moses interceded on their behalf.

 

Help your kids connect Moses interceding for Israel that day with Jesus interceding for God’s people today.

Unit 4 Session 4

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God takes care of us.
    • People should only worship God.
    • God’s people worshiped a calf made of gold.
    • Moses asked God to forgive the people.
    • God forgives people through Jesus.
  • Preschool
    • What is God’s plan? God’s plan is to rescue His people.
    • God’s people worshiped a golden calf.
  • Kids
    • What is God’s plan? God’s plan is to rescue His people from captivity.
    • God punished His people for worshiping a golden calf.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

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

 

NEXT WEEK

  • “The Ten Commandments: Love God” (Exodus 19:1-20:11; 31:18)

 

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Unit 4, Session 3: The Wilderness Test

Dear Parents,

 

This week, we continued our journey through the Bible using The Gospel Project® for Kids and learned that God provided food and water for His people as they wandered in the wilderness. When Israel became hungry and thirsty, they grumbled about Moses and God, and God graciously provided for them even if they did not deserve it. In the same way that God provided for Israel’s physical need, God provides for the spiritual need of people through Jesus.

 

Help your kids understand that God is gracious and He freely gives what we need – including Jesus – not because of anything they have done, but because of God’s goodness alone.

Unit 4 Session 3

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God takes care of us.
    • God gave His people food and water in the desert.
    • God took care of His people.
    • God sent Jesus because He loves us.
  • Preschool
    • What is God’s plan? God’s plan is to rescue His people.
    • God gave His people food and water.
  • Kids
    • What is God’s plan? God’s plan is to rescue His people from captivity.
    • God provided for the physical needs of His people.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

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

 

NEXT WEEK

  • “The Golden Calf” (Exodus 32:1-35; 34:1-9)

 

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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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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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Unit 3, Lesson 1: The Stolen Blessing

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Last week, kids learned that God told Rebekah before her sons were born that the older would serve the younger. That wasn’t how families typically worked in Bible times. The birthright was an important part of the patriarchal culture. Typically, upon the death of his father, the older brother would receive twice as much property and goods as the younger. But Esau gave it to Jacob for a hot bowl of stew. Later, Jacob wore his brother’s clothes and lied to his father to receive a special blessing Isaac meant to bestow on Esau—another privilege afforded to an oldest son. With his blessing, Isaac made his son master over his brother. Just as God said, the older would serve the younger.

 

Teach your kids that nothing can stop God’s perfect plan. Jesus is the firstborn over all creation (Col. 1:15), and He deserves all the privileges afforded to Him. But when Jesus hung on the cross, He gave up His blessing for us. Jesus took the punishment we deserve so that the Father would give us the blessing Jesus deserves.

Unit 3 Lesson 1

 

Family starting points

Babies and Toddlers Preschool Kids
●        God’s plan is perfect.

●        God planned to bless Jacob.

●        God planned to send Jesus through Jacob’s family.

●        What can stop God’s plan? Nothing can stop God’s plan.

●        Jacob took what belonged to his brother.

●        What can stop God’s plan? Nothing can stop God’s perfect plan..

●        Jacob stole Esau’s blessing.

 

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